12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
+3
Drive + Fly + Subway + Bus:  7 h 30 min
3
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 7th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, stroll through Ocean Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, then kick back and relax at Baker Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco planner .

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Santo Domingo to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, do a tasting at Sterling Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Calistoga itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Calistoga by combination of car, flight, subway, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Calistoga, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Calistoga

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Balloon Rides, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from Calistoga in June, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, 17-Mile Drive
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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.
On the 13th (Sat), look and learn at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. On your second day here, stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, then explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles route app .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

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

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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