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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online tour planner .

Orlando to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Orlando to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Orlando in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough 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), enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fort Bragg online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery ©
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight 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). Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and finally do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cambria trip tool .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Cambria takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. May in Cambria sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary 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. When traveling from Cambria in May, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Monterey Bay
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.
Get some cultural insight at Bodie State Historic Park and Ansel Adams Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. 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

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic 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), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, and finally don't miss a visit to Third Street Promenade.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles attractions planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 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 somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are much warmer (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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