13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and take in the views from Coronado Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip website .

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in May, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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 20th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stop by Bergamot Station, then admire all the interesting features of 26-Mile Bike Path, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica tour itinerary builder website .

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. In May, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

2
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.
Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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