11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Midland
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Midland

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 17th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker website .

Midland to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Midland to South Lake Tahoe is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Midland, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 19th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Far Niente Winery, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read St. Helena trip planner .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in St. Helena when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Oakville, Oxbow Public Market, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Union Square, get curious at Exploratorium, then look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday builder .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from St. Helena in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally trek along Panorama Trail.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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.
On the 24th (Wed), kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
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 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and then view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Diego vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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