12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego road trip app .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Diego. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get much warmer in San Diego: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Pack the 13th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get your game on at Virtual Room Los Angeles, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In March in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Spend the 17th (Sun) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crissy Field, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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