12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​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:  6​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Houston to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to San Diego is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Houston in June, expect San Diego to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday builder tool .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through North Dome, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

Plan trip to Yosemite National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in June, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel 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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Carmel vacation builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and stroll through Fort Funston National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation maker .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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