6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

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San Diego
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 1 night
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Moline


San Diego

— 1 night

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 (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at Children's Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, then take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online day trip planner.

Moline to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Moline to San Diego. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Moline in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Sun), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

Plan my trip to San Francisco with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, San Francisco is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Valley Biking, then stroll through McGurk Meadow, and finally steep yourself in history at Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 14°F at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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.