11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Madison

1
night
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 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning site .

Madison to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Madison to San Diego. Traveling from Madison in August, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
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 20th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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 21st (Wed): make a trip to Olmsted Point, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): make a trip to Washburn Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park journey builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 23rd (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

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Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 95°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 25th (Sun), explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel travel route planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trips

17-Mile Drive, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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