12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Daytona Beach
Drive:  44​h 15​min
1
Mount Shasta
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Chico
— 1 night
Drive:  42​h 45​min
End: Daytona Beach

1
night
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Mt Shasta Lavender Farm.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Shasta vacation site .

Daytona Beach to Mount Shasta is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Daytona Beach to Mount Shasta is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Daytona Beach, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mount Shasta, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trips

McCloud Outdoors & Gear Exchange, Mt Shasta Lavender Farm, Siskiyou County Museum
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McCloud Outdoors & Gear Exchange ©
McCloud Outdoors & Gear Exchange
Siskiyou County Museum ©
Siskiyou County Museum
Soul Connections ©
Soul Connections

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Mount Shasta in April, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Beaches
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

1
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Lovers Point
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach and then kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Chico.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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night
Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Feather River Fish Hatchery, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Eighth & Main Antique Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chico tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Chico takes 3 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chico, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 49°F. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chico

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Feather River Fish Hatchery, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Farm Sanctuary
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Gray Lodge Wildlife Area ©
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area
Eighth & Main Antique Center ©
Eighth & Main Antique Center
Farm Sanctuary ©
Farm Sanctuary

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