12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
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
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Austin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, shop like a local with Spanish Village Art Center, then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and finally take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego visit planning site .

Austin to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Austin in June: highs in San Diego hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museumfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Montana Avenue about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography, and look for gifts at Craft & Folk Art Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ansel Adams Gallery or Yosemite Museum Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Taft Point. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, trek along Panorama Trail, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To plan Yosemite National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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 and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature 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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. The adventure continues: get curious at Exploratorium, step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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