11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Washington DC

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Diego route builder.

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally stroll through Santa Monica Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary maker website.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disney California Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Vernal Fall and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip tool.

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 28°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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 16th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 51°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Strawberry Hill ©
Strawberry Hill

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