12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Charlotte

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood as well as Venice Beach and Boardwalk. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles sightseeing planning website .

Charlotte to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 70°F and lows about 49°F. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

4
nights
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego itinerary site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip app .

Fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Lombard Street ©
Lombard Street
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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