12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Diego route planner .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip website .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes route builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online journey planner .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites 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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