11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Union Square, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in December, you will find days in San Francisco are warmer (59°F), and nights are a bit warmer (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
On the 27th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
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.
On the 29th (Sat), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the next day, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, Head underground at Bronson Caves, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday maker site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Los Angeles to be warmer, temps between 69°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park ©
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

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