12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are colder with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Sonoma Coast State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Bodega to see Bodega Dunes about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation maker website .

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 bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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