12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Wawona
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Los Angeles is known for museums, theme parks, childrens museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip site .

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the activities along Lake Mary, and get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Mammoth Lakes dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Wawona.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

1
night
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. On the 3rd (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View and then walk around Mariposa Grove.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Wawona fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Wawona in 3 hours. In July, Wawona is a bit warmer than Mammoth Lakes - with highs of 99°F and lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Wawona

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

4
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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

You can drive from Wawona to San Francisco in 4 hours. While traveling from Wawona, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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