13 days in California & New Orleans Itinerary

13 days in California & New Orleans Itinerary

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13 days in California & New Orleans Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
New Orleans
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New Orleans

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 Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 10th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, hike along Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route builder .

New Orleans to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New Orleans in June, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
North Dome ©
North Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Lombard Street, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco vacation planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, then browse the fresh offerings at Liberty Public Market, and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from San Francisco in June, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

1
day
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Audubon Zoo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip builder site .

You can fly from San Diego to New Orleans in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to New Orleans. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in June, with highs in New Orleans at 83°F and lows at 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Audubon Zoo ©
Audubon Zoo
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 18th (Tue), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip planner .

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Anaheim takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to Anaheim due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Anaheim, with lows of 64°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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