11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
— 1 day
Fly
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yountville
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Diego

— 1 day

America's Finest City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes San Diego Zoo. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planning tool.

Tallahassee to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Tallahassee in May, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 16th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and finally admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are much colder (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Yountville.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yountville

— 2 nights
Named after the man responsible for establishing Napa Valley's first vineyard, Yountville is a destination for foodies.
You've now added Napa Valley Wine Train to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, stop by Oakville Grocery, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, then tee off at Vintner's Golf Club, and finally indulge your senses at Napa Valley Wine Train. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Glen Ellen Village Market and then relax in the rural setting at Marin French Cheese Company.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yountville holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Yountville takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May; daily highs in Yountville reach 74°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yountville

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Yountville to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yountville in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.