12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

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hours
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.
To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Stockholm, Sweden to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. You will leave for San Diego on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, take in the views from Coronado Bridge, and then have fun at Petco Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use 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 August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
Petco Park ©
Petco Park
Coronado Bridge
Coronado Bridge

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then kick back and relax at Thousand Steps Beach, and finally learn about winemaking at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Santa Barbara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Riverbench Vineyard & Winery ©
Riverbench Vineyard & Winery
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Limekiln State Park
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Monterey are cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, look for all kinds of wild species at Mono Lake County Park, and then cruise along Tioga Pass.

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

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

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