6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Houston

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip website .

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Francisco. Traveling from Houston in July, expect San Francisco to be colder, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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 17th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then get curious at California Science Center, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles route builder app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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