11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In March in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glacier Point as well as Tunnel View. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall and then get great views at Tunnel View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then hike along Panorama Trail, and then make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 28th (Wed), stroll through Partington Cove, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur travel planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March: highs in Big Sur hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in March: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 73°F and lows are around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then take a stroll through State Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, things will get little chillier in Santa Barbara: highs are around 66°F and lows about 46°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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