12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Ocean Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, shop like a local with Exploratorium, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Asilomar State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, then stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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.
On the 19th (Fri), admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then take in the waterfront at Embarcadero, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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