12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 4 nights


San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker tool.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to San Diego is minus 3 hours. In December, San Diego is little chillier than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through McGurk Meadow, then play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from San Diego to Yosemite National Park. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C and lows are around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Golf

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Union Square, stop by Chinatown, don't miss a visit to Nob Hill, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, shop like a local with Montana Avenue, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.