6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Des Moines

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and have fun and explore at Travel Town.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip app .

Des Moines to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Des Moines in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 69°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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