12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Train + Fly:  14​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
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  17​h 45​min
End: Brussels

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 12th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online route planner .

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Four Mile Trail, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

Plan my trip to Anaheim with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip maker .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Anaheim, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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