12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. It doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego travel route builder tool .

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in June, with highs in San Diego at 73°F and lows at 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Wed) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's more to do: have fun at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and catch some excitement at Radiator Springs Racers.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anaheim holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

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

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Anaheim in June since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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