19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SeaWorld San Diego and USS Midway Museum. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation planner.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games
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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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. Pack the 6th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. The adventure continues: cruise along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

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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.