12 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 2 nights


San Diego — 2 nights

America's Finest City

San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cabrillo National Monument.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Playa del Carmen in October, things will get little chillier in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games

Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Half Dome, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from San Diego to Yosemite National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

Your list of things to see and do now includes Dandyhorse San Francisco Bike Tours, Z. Cioccolato, Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Los Angeles — 2 nights

City of Angels

On the 26th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

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Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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California travel guide

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.