12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 day
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

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.
On the 1st (Tue), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. When traveling from Wellington in October, plan for much warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip site.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

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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. On the 5th (Sat), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Tuolumne Meadows and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 15.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect much colder with lows of -2°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then stroll through Alcatraz Island. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium and then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 15°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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