11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  4​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Portland

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Portland to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Portland in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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 21st (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hollywood & Highland. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, shop like a local with Guitar Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Carmel to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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