11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
Philadelphia

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Bridge. On the 29th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Union Square, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planning website .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In March, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Monica.

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Parks Shopping Nature

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Muir Woods National Monument, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

1
day
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica day trip website .

Do a combination of subway, flight, and bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

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Parks Beaches Nature
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Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications

1
day
Anaheim

Anaheim
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You've now added Disney California Adventure Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Monica in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

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Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park

3
days
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.
Pacific Surf School has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy Mercatofor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planning site .

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Anaheim in April, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

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