11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Des Moines


4
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.
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Avila Adobe will appeal to history buffs. The Getty Center and The Grammy Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Japanese American National Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Plan my day in Los Angeles using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Des Moines to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. 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 Des Moines to Los Angeles. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Des Moines in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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 2nd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online route planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

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

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Francisco when traveling from San Diego in July, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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