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
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​h
End: Newark

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco online journey planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Lembert Dome, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Big Sur

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 26th (Sun), stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Big Sur hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sur in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 84°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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