11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

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 childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park.

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Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): hike along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then hike along Wawona Meadow, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Tioga Pass and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica route planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Santa Monica hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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 11th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and then enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. In June in San Diego, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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