11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Diego tour planner.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Newark in May, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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 18th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, Head underground at Bronson Caves, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are colder with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Action Watersports at Timber Cove Marina as well as The Gondola at Heavenly. On the 24th (Fri), explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, then race across the water with Action Watersports at Timber Cove Marina, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Gondola at Heavenly.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Transportation

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

2
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 25th (Sat): make a trip to Lombard Street, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in May, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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