12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  8​h
1
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 2nd (Sat), explore and take pictures at Indian Canyons, explore the stunning scenery at Palm Canyon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Canyons Hiking Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): hike along Bump and Grind Trail and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs vacation tool .

New Orleans to Palm Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New Orleans, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time 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
Climbing Tours

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 4th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then take a stroll through Montana Avenue, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then browse the different shops at The Grove, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in March, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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). Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Cambria Nursery & Florist, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and finally admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission San Antonio de Padua.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, Cambria is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua

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 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Lovers Point, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Carmel Mission, take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Cambria, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°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): wander the streets of Union Square, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Nature Parks
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.
You've now added Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias to your itinerary. On the 11th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and then trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (53°F), and nights are colder (23°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area

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