11 days in West Coast Itinerary

11 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast trip planner

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

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip site.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in January, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are much hotter (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, get great views at Valley View, tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (44°F), and nights are much colder (13°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 11th (Tue), discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

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San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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