13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Plattsburgh

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Your inner history buff will appreciate Twin Peaks and Grace Cathedral. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll around Chinese Culture Center, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco sightseeing website .

Plattsburgh to San Francisco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Plattsburgh in April, with highs in San Francisco at 67°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
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.
Visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Venice Canals Walkway for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Annenberg Space for Photography.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 75°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Africa and Beyondfor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego attractions planning tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach

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