11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to San Rafael
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San Rafael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fresno
Fly

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San Rafael

— 4 nights
Intended as a place of healing, San Rafael has its origins as a mission for the native people who resided in villages nearby.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Monterey Bay Whale Watch. Get out of town with these interesting San Rafael side-trips: San Francisco (Walt Disney Family Museum, Lombard Street, &more), Point Reyes Lighthouse (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Napa Valley Wine Country Tours (in Napa).

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Rafael trip itinerary builder site.

Miami to San Rafael is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Miami in June, expect nights in San Rafael to be colder, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Rafael

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner.

You can drive from San Rafael to Big Sur in 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Rafael in June: highs in Big Sur hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and TCL Chinese Theatres are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Sunset Boulevard, and get behind the scenes with Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Big Sur to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 79°F and lows are around 62°F. On the 30th (Wed), you're off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Tours · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 43°F. You will leave for Fresno on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Fresno

The only metropolitan hub nestled between three national parks, Fresno makes a surprisingly lively getaway.
For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fresno trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Fresno takes 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Fresno hover around 100°F, while lows dip to 70°F. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in Fresno

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nightlife

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.