12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Albany

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Albany to Los Angeles is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Albany in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 85°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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 6th (Fri): stroll through Del Mar Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Carmel to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and China Beach. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Step out of the city life by going to North Dome and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 38°F. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
North Dome ©
North Dome

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