12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Diego

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Little Italy as well as La Jolla Cove. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Making Music and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Little Italy, contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum, and then explore the striking landscape at Point Loma.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in February: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park

— 2 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden and then explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, and then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park tour site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in February, Joshua Tree National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Runyon Canyon Park as well as Staples Center. Explore hidden gems such as Heisler Park and The Broad. The adventure continues: browse the collection at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at Therapy by the Sea, then learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist, and finally walk around Shamel Park. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and finally get great views at Ragged Point Overlook.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read San Simeon travel route app.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in February; daily highs in San Simeon reach 22°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

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 21st (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then walk around Presidio of San Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take in the views from San Francisco Bay Bridge, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 10°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.