11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: El Paso
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
St. Helena
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: El Paso

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then look for gifts at Amoeba Music. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip tool .

El Paso to Los Angeles is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Paso to Los Angeles. Expect cooler weather when traveling from El Paso in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Get in touch with nature at Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park journey planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Twin Peaks, get a taste of the local shopping with Ghirardelli Square, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then stop by Oxbow Public Market, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Oxbow Public Market, Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Mission Beach Park, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Getting from St. Helena to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from St. Helena in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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