12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin


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 Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. The Getty Center and Travel Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and examine the collection at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planner.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin to Los Angeles is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Philipsburg to Los Angeles. In April, Los Angeles is little chillier than Philipsburg - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
Attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 28th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Children's Pool and get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Visit Filbert Steps and Grace Cathedral for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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