13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tijuana
car:  3​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Tijuana

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mission Beach Boardwalk, San Diego Bay Walk and Gaslamp Quarter. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Boardwalk. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, then stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip app .

Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood as well as Venice Canals Walkway. Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Montana Avenue and The Grovefor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles route planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
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.
You've now added Yosemite Falls to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ansel Adams Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

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, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplace. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Union Square, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then look for gifts at AiX, then steep yourself in history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trips

17-Mile Drive, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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