13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
4
San Diego
— 2 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at China Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Civic Center. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Inverness, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Inverness to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Inverness in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, shop like a local with Ansel Adams Gallery, then stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, then take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, then see the interesting displays at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Monica Bay and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Do some cultural sightseeing at Montana Avenue and Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, stop by Chinatown, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and stop by Bergamot Station.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by bus takes about 12 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 22:
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maritime Museum of San Diego and Spanish Village Art Center. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, browse the fresh offerings at Liberty Public Market, and get engrossed in the history at Junipero Serra Museum.

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Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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