12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Legion of Honor. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Union Square. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planning site .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): make a trip to Olmsted Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then trek along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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.
Head to Hammer Museum and Montana Avenuefor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Craft & Folk Art Museum. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are much hotter (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Children's Pool, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Diego trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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