12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: McAllen

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

McAllen to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from McAllen to San Diego. Expect colder weather when traveling from McAllen in June: highs in San Diego hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

3
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 Japanese Tea Garden. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday maker tool .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Francisco when traveling from San Diego in June, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

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

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: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are a bit cooler (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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