6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego holiday maker website .

Saint Louis to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Saint Louis in May, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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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.
On the 11th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, then hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, and finally take a stroll through Montana Avenue.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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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 12th (Sun), explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Head to Exploratorium and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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