13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

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

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.
On the 7th (Sun), kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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Philadelphia to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to San Diego. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in April; daily highs in San Diego reach 71°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
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.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Royal Palms State Beach. Do your shopping at Montana Avenue and The Grove. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Two Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Third Street Promenade). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. April in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ansel Adams Gallery or Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to North Dome and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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. On the 16th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of The Embarcadero, then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then stop by City Lights Booksellers, and finally shop like a local with Union Square.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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