12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 9th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to Los Angeles. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
On the 11th (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Chinatown, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · 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.