12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Spanish Village Art Center ©
Spanish Village Art Center

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 Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, and shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary builder website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Lake Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect colder with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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 26th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip 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 August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums 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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