12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Anaheim
— 1 night
Train:  30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Seattle

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through SoMa, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner .

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. On the 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

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

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon tour builder tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, then laugh and play at Downtown Disney, and then have some family-friendly fun at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Anaheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Anaheim are little chillier (87°F), and nights are a bit warmer (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center ©

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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Petersen Automotive Museum. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker website .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tioga Pass and Yosemite Falls. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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