12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Twin Peaks and Grace Cathedral. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, get a taste of the local shopping with Ghirardelli Square, and take a stroll through Union Square.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to San Francisco, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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 subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 14°F, while days are slightly colder, around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Get some cultural insight at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Bergamot Station. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the different shops at The Grove, don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In January, Los Angeles is much hotter than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
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 6th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then view the masterpieces at Africa and Beyond.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Africa and Beyond ©
Africa and Beyond

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