12 days in Los Angeles & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

8
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Santa Monica State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Downtown Disney & Adventure City), Oceanside (Oceanside Museum of Art, Breakwater Way Beach, & more) and Dana Strands Beach (in Dana Point). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Skyrose Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, and enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning app .

In August, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oceanside, Anaheim, Santa Monica, Dana Strands Beach, Pennypickle's Workshop - Temecula Children's Museum
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect cooler with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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