10 days in San Diego, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

10 days in San Diego, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

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10 days in San Diego, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  9​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
End: Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip generator.

Los Angeles to San Diego is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and then explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from San Diego to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

5
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.
Do your shopping at Amoeba Music and The Original Farmers Market. We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 38 minutes away. Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, Los Angeles is warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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