12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Budapest

3
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.
Visiting Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel planner .

Budapest, Hungary to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Budapest in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
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 13th (Mon): stop by The Cheese Shop, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in May, with highs in Carmel at 21°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of The Embarcadero, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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