12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  5​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Seattle

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.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. For shopping fun, head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard or Amoeba Music. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Montana Avenue about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Seattle to Los Angeles is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Taft Point and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

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Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 12th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
night
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Williamson Wines Tasting Room, do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Healdsburg day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Healdsburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and shop like a local with Union Square.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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