6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
San Francisco
— 1 night
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to San Diego
San Diego
— 2 nights


San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

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New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

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 13th (Wed): get great views at Valley View, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Washburn Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and finally cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel route app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

San Diego

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then walk around La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Diego attractions planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to San Diego. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Diego are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are much hotter (64°F). On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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.