5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

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hours
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip site .

Indianapolis to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Indianapolis to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Hollywood & Highland, then stop by Amoeba Music, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 24th (Fri), hike along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Santa Monica in May, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 53°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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