12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  8​h
1
Sacramento
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Anaheim
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

6
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 5th (Wed), see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Capitol Museum, and then examine the collection at Old Sacramento. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, admire the landmark architecture of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sacramento trip planner .

Do a combination of train and flight from Carlsbad to Sacramento in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Carlsbad in December, plan for slightly colder days in Sacramento, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Sacramento Zoo ©
Sacramento Zoo
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Madame Tussauds Hollywood as well as Universal Studios Hollywood. On the 3rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood and then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Sacramento to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Sacramento in December, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 69°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Madame Tussauds Hollywood ©
Madame Tussauds Hollywood

4
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Diego Zoo as well as Knott's Berry Farm. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disney California Adventure Park and World of Color - Celebrate. Take a break from Anaheim with a short trip to Staples Center in Los Angeles, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: discover the magic at Downtown Disney.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anaheim day trip planning tool .

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. December in Anaheim sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 8th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Knott's Berry Farm, San Diego Zoo, Staples Center
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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