11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Seattle

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, and stroll through Fort Funston National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online travel route builder .

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Panorama Trail and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Nevada Falls Loop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally get your game on at Virtual Room Los Angeles.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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 20th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder app .

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 July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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