12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Fort Bragg
— 1 night
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Cambria
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco planning tool.

Orlando to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Orlando in May, with highs in San Francisco at 69°F and lows at 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 · Parks

Fort Bragg

— 1 night
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, take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, take in the exciting artwork 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.

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Getting from San Francisco to Fort Bragg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Cambria

— 1 night
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): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and finally do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cambria driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Cambria takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 a stroll through Ocean Avenue, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cambria in May: highs in Carmel hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bodie State Historic Park. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining, approximately Lee Vining away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and browse the exhibits of Ansel Adams Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Carmel in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 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 · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

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, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 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

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.