12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, thenexplore the fascinating landscape at Palm Canyon, and then hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bump and Grind Trail and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs trip itinerary maker website.

New Orleans to Palm Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in March: highs in Palm Springs hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Climbing Tours, Bump and Grind Trail
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Canyon ©
Palm Canyon
Indian Canyons Hiking Trails ©
Indian Canyons Hiking Trails

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 4th (Mon): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, thentake a stroll through Montana Avenue, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, thenget a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, thenget to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Palm Springs in March: highs in Los Angeles hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

2
nights
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 6th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, thenlearn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, thenidentify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, thentake in the exciting artwork at Artifacts Gallery, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission San Antonio de Padua.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cambria trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in March since evenings lows in Cambria dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing

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 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Lovers Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Carmel Mission, thenwander the streets of Ocean Avenue, and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in March, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around °F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
nights
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 10th (Sun): take a stroll through Union Square, thenvisit Fisherman's Wharf, and then stroll through Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March in San Francisco, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

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