5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Diego
— 1 day
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
San Francisco
— 2 nights


San Diego

— 1 day

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour planner.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from New York City in May, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally trek along Nevada Falls Loop. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from San Diego to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.