11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Merida
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Merida

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, get curious at Exploratorium, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Merida, Mexico to San Francisco is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Merida to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Merida in August, plan for colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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.
On the 26th (Mon), make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. On your second day here, trek along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, Los Angeles is much hotter at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego journey planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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