12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Boston

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip tool .

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in February, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

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night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 18th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In February, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
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.
Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, and hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

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nights
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 22nd (Fri): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 62°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
General Sherman Tree has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Project Survival's Cat Haven, delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove, and then make a trip to General Sherman Tree.

Before you visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Project Survival's Cat Haven, Manzanar National Historic Site
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Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

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