12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 2 nights


San Francisco

— 2 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, walk around Golden Gate Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planner.

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, hike along Lembert Dome, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Plan for colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning site.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 20th (Mon): take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.