13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
— 1 night
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Malibu
— 1 night
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On the next day, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planner.

Los Angeles to San Diego is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Malibu

— 1 night
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): walk around Malibu Bluffs Park, indulge your senses at Malibu Wine Safaris, then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Dume State Beach and Preserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Malibu visit app.

You can drive from San Diego to Malibu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Malibu are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Rodeo Drive, then browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Monica using our trip planner.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Malibu. In June, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park day trip website.

Getting from Santa Monica to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park, ranging from highs of 103°F to lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Joshua Tree National Park to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and get great views at Half Dome.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.