12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
3
Monterey
— 1 night
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
5
Sacramento
— 1 night
6
Eureka
— 1 day
7
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
8
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, thenstroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles attractions tool.

Milwaukee to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Milwaukee to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Milwaukee - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon route builder website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 19th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, thenget to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, thencontemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, thentake in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at USS Pampanito, thensee the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, thenengage your brain at Exploratorium, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

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You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront, thensee the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, thentake in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Eureka.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament ©
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

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Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): shop like a local with Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, thenlearn about winemaking at Clendenen's Cider Works, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Ferndale Historic Cemetery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Eureka trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Eureka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or fly. Traveling from Sacramento in September, you will find days in Eureka are cooler (°F), and nights are a bit cooler (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Eureka

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Fortuna, Ferndale Historic Cemetery, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
Ferndale Historic Cemetery ©
Ferndale Historic Cemetery

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Eureka to Redwood National Park in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Bodie State Historic Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, thenstroll around Mono Lake County Park, and then take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To plan Yosemite National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Redwood National Park to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Redwood National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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