12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Orlando

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Orlando to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in May, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 4th (Sat), kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg day trip website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery ©
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 5th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, shop like a local with Fiona Bleu Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and finally learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria trip builder tool .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Cambria in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May in Cambria, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Ocean Avenue, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in May, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey Bay, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and trek along Panorama Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect little chillier with lows of 34°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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.
On the 12th (Sun), examine the collection at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are warmer (59°F). On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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