12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Healdsburg
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Montana Avenue and The Grove. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Los Angeles trip simple and quick.

Seattle to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. August in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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

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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 Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Lembert Dome. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and trek along Panorama Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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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 12th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Williamson Wines Tasting Room, learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg road trip tool.

Getting from Carmel to Healdsburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Healdsburg hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

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

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at NFL Shop Pier 39, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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