13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly:  7​h 30​min
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 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Cedar Rapids

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary planner.

Cedar Rapids to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cedar Rapids to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
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. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Third Street Promenade). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, hike along May Lake Trailhead, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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 6th (Sat): stop by The Cheese Shop, then stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carmel travel route planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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