11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cincinnati

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco route planner.

Cincinnati to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cincinnati to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cincinnati in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
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 Nevada Falls Loop and Tuolumne Meadows. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary 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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

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 Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip 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 July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach

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