13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Newark

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Legion of Honor. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Union Square, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online travel route planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Newark, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Appreciate the collections at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Get in touch with nature at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. On the 11th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and don't miss a visit to Valley View.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 13°F, while days are slightly colder, around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard 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.
Do your shopping at Montana Avenue and The Grove. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, steep yourself in history at Avila Adobe, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary app .

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 taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 70°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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