11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Manchester
Fly + taxi:  13​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
Manchester

2
days
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica route planner .

Manchester, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Santa Monica due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Santa Monica at 21°C and lows at 11°C. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

4
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and El Capitan. On the 26th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along May Lake Trailhead, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Monica in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 7°C and lows reach -11°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Golden Gate Park, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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