12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
3
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at San Francisco City Hall and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder website .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and North Dome. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
North Dome ©
North Dome

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. There's much more to do: discover the magic at Downtown Disney, have some family-friendly fun at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, and catch some excitement at Soarin' Around The World.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, things will get much warmer in Anaheim: highs are around 75°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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.
On the 24th (Sun), stroll through Children's Pool and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online road trip planner .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Anaheim, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 56°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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