12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego itinerary maker tool.

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in June, expect San Diego to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Change things up with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and Head underground at Bronson Caves.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online road trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. Dedicate the 9th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and push the limits with RocketBoat.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Nature

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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.