13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Let the collections at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita and Los Angeles County Museum of Art capture your imagination. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online travel planner.

Boston to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In July in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Tioga Pass and Lembert Dome. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
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. On the 25th (Thu), kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. Visit Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs for their historical value. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, get great views at Twin Peaks, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.