12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
End: New York City

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planning tool.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): catch some excitement at Radiator Springs Racers and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park and then try out the rides at Downtown Disney.

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You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then see the interesting displays at Travel Town, and finally examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip website.

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then get great views at Washburn Point, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning app.

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 34°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Golden Gate Park and then get curious at Exploratorium.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco holiday builder app.

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 bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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