12 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Cabrillo Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and pause for some photo ops at Watts Towers.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles holiday planning site .

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in April: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

4
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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker site .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Moss Beach to see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Baker Beach, wander the streets of Nob Hill, and play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can 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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

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