18 days in California Itinerary

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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
San Diego
— 2 nights


South Lake Tahoe — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe planner.

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. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in February; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 47°F and lows reach 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums
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.
Family-friendly places like Badger Pass Ski Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in February, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
Family-friendly places like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Park will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco with the Route module. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.
Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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Los Angeles — 2 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.
Family-friendly places like Griffith Observatory and Santa Monica Bay will thrill your kids. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and get curious at California Science Center.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planning tool.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.
Theme Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Side Trips
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Anaheim — 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planning site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carlsbad.
Theme Parks
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Village by the Sea

Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
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Traveling by car from Anaheim to Carlsbad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Anaheim in February since evenings lows in Carlsbad dip to 44°F. You'll set off for San Diego on the 24th (Fri).
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries
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San Diego — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to San Diego takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Carlsbad in February, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

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.