12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in June, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Francisco using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 55°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping 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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