13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
car:  7​h 30​min
3
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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.
Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grovefor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and get a taste of the local shopping with Craft & Folk Art Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing site .

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Let the collections at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie State Historic Park capture your imagination. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get great views at Tunnel View, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 46°F and lows about 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Inglenook, then do a tasting at Far Niente Winery, then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our St. Helena day trip website .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, subway, and bus from Yosemite National Park to St. Helena takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Oakville, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and City Lights Booksellersfor some retail therapy. Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip builder .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from St. Helena in January since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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