5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Fly

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San Francisco

— 1 day

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Sat), examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco attractions site.

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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Wapama Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara planning app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with highs in Santa Barbara at 71°F and lows at 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Museums
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Laguna Beach

— 1 night
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): tee off at Ben Brown’s Golf Course at The Ranch Laguna Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Laguna Beach day trip site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Laguna Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Laguna Beach when traveling from Santa Barbara in May, with lows around 60°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Golf · Outdoors
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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.