11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to New York City

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally go for a walk through Lombard Street.

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New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Breakwater, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monterey online road trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vernal Fall and El Capitan. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, hike along May Lake Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest.

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Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 28th (Mon), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

California travel guide

4.1
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.