11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning app .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

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

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip website .

You can drive from San Diego to Yosemite National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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