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
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

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 Walk of Fame. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and stroll through Will Rogers State Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip site.

Seattle to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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 Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, stroll around Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, 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

Carmel

— 1 night
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

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Healdsburg

— 1 night
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

San Francisco

— 3 nights

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 · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.