11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

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 2nd (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center and then stroll through Children's Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then stroll around La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary tool .

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Boston in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Annenberg Community Beach House. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue, browse the different shops at The Grove, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and take a stroll through El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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 Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at NFL Shop Pier 39, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then shop like a local with Exploratorium, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 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 a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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