11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
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
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tampa

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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 10th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning tool .

Tampa to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampa in June: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 73°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Santa Monica Pier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Amoeba Music. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, hike along Lembert Dome, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Union Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and make a trip to The Embarcadero.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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