14 days in California Itinerary

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to San Diego
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly

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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

Dusseldorf, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Dusseldorf in December, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 5th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Parsons Memorial, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
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San Diego — 3 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, explore the striking landscape of Cabrillo National Monument, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to San Diego. In December, San Diego is much warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Japanese American National Museum, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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