11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Manchester, UK to San Diego is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Diego. In October, San Diego is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Monica day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Nature, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, get great views at Tunnel View, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online route maker .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Monica in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary planning app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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