11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Beverly Hills
— 1 night
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Malibu
— 1 night
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Laguna Beach
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 16th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip tool.

Boston to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boston to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in April, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 75°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature

Beverly Hills

— 1 night
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Will Rogers Memorial Park, find something for the whole family at Pacific Park, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Beverly Hills road trip tool.

Beverly Hills is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Beverly Hills: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Malibu.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Malibu

— 1 night
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at The Getty Villa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nicholas Canyon Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Malibu road trip site.

You can drive from Beverly Hills to Malibu in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. April in Malibu sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Laguna Beach

— 1 night
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll around Hill Top Park, then glide through the air with Dana Point Parasail, then stroll around Crescent Bay Point Park, and finally stroll around Heisler Park.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Laguna Beach day trip website.

You can drive from Malibu to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. April in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Palm Springs

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon, then look for gifts at Wabi Sabi Japan Living, and finally test your team's savvy at Escape Room Palm Springs.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Laguna Beach to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Laguna Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Palm Springs to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in April, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (67°F), and nights are a bit cooler (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): hike along Nevada Falls Loop, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then get great views at Half Dome. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.