11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Saint Louis

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.
On the 26th (Fri), kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

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

Saint Louis to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Saint Louis to San Diego. Traveling from Saint Louis in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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 (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nevada Falls Loop and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

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. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Union Square and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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