12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs. Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to San Gregorio to see San Gregorio State Beach about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online journey planner .

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, San Gregorio State Beach
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Lands End ©
Lands End
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

2
nights
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos and Capitola Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Moss Landing (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars, and explore the galleries of Carmel Mission.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planning site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Carmel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Capitola Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Newport Beach and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel. Visit Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum for their historical value. There's more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey website .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. On the 1st (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
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Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel

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