16 days in California Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 4 nights


South Lake Tahoe — 1 day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, take in the awesome beauty at Jobs Peak, and then fly down the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

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Phoenix to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Phoenix to South Lake Tahoe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In February, South Lake Tahoe is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 47°F and lows of 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Yosemite National Park — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Badger Pass Ski Area and Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park. In February, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco online visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.
Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Los Angeles — 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in February: highs in Los Angeles hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife
Side Trips
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San Diego — 4 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 enjoy San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum. There's still lots to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in February, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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California travel guide

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.