11 days in Western US Itinerary

11 days in Western US Itinerary

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11 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Benton
Drive:  11​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Benton

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville (about 1h 40 min away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, stop by Exploratorium, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco travel route planner .

Benton to San Francisco is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Benton to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. March in San Francisco sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument and then take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip builder tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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 15th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take a peaceful walk through Oak Canyon Nature Center.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planning tool .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in March, expect Los Angeles to be warmer, temps between 74°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then take a leisurely stroll along Embarcadero, and then hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) 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
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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