12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Temecula
— 1 night
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 25th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Newark, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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San Diego

— 5 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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, and examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Temecula.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Temecula

— 1 night
Temecula represents Southern California's wine country.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Temecula Olive Oil Company, see the interesting displays at Craftsmanship Museum, and then get a new perspective on nature at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center.

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Drive from San Diego to Temecula in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Temecula when traveling from San Diego in December, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Temecula

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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Palm Springs

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs travel route app.

You can drive from Temecula to Palm Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Temecula in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Palm Springs, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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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.