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

4
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.
Getty Center The Publications and Los Angeles County Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Griffith Observatory and GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, get engrossed in the history at La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, steep yourself in history at Avila Adobe, and see the interesting displays at Japanese American National Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Santa Monica Pier
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online itinerary creator.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, and explore the galleries of USS Pampanito.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation builder.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Diego in January, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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