11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Amsterdam

3
days
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and Avila Adobe. You'll explore and learn at Getty Center The Publications and GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Bergamot Station about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at Japanese American National Museum.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Amsterdam in January: highs in Los Angeles hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bergamot Station
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Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

2
days
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.
On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip builder.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Wildlife Nature
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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through Union Square, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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