12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Castro, Stanford University, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, walk around Golden Gate Park, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary builder website.

Las Vegas to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Stanford University
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and finally steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, then trek along General Grant Tree Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from San Francisco in January, with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary app.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 70°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and finally don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins.

Plan a trip to Death Valley National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Death Valley National Park to be little chillier, temps between 58°F and 35°F. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr
Artists Dr

Similar plans

13 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS February, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in California & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in California, Disney & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM INDIA January, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: January, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans