12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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 22nd (Sat), stroll through La Jolla Cove. On the next day, stroll through Children's Pool and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary maker site .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in December, you will find days in San Diego are much warmer (68°F), and nights are a bit warmer (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Family-friendly places like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Taft Point. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 46°F and 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Carmel are somewhat warmer (62°F), and nights are warmer (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

3
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 31st (Mon): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and then take a stroll through Union Square.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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