12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tucson
Fly:  5​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Tucson

5
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 Muir Woods National Monument. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to V. Sattui (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning site .

Tucson to San Francisco is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Tucson in July, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Cheese Shop and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Go for a jaunt from Monterey to Big Sur to see McWay Falls about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monterey online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Getty Center The Publications and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Montana Avenue). There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, look for gifts at Guitar Center, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Beach, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online day trip planner .

Fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Monterey - with highs of 82°F and lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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