12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights

3
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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.
Head to Third Street Promenade and The Grovefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim), Virga Gallery (in Laguna Beach) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and view the masterpieces at Revolver Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in June, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Virga Gallery, Revolver Gallery
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The Grove ©
The Grove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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.
Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Liberty Public Market. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then engage your brain at Exploratorium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, thentake a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning site.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Francisco when traveling from San Diego in June, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, thenadmire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, thentrek along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally trek along Panorama Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, thenexplore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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