11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Midland
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Midland

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe tour planning website .

Midland to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Midland to South Lake Tahoe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Midland in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

2
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 20th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through SoMa, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and finally wander the streets of Union Square.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip 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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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 23rd (Tue), meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Children's Pool, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, then get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

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Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 77°F and lows are around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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 25th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then stop by Amoeba Music, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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