12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
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Sacramento
— 1 day
Fly
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Malibu
— 1 night
Drive
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Bakersfield
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fremont
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights

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Sacramento

— 1 day

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, take a tour by water with Whitewater Adventures, and then hike along Stevens Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sacramento trip builder.

San Francisco to Sacramento is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Sacramento

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Sacramento to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Sacramento, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anaheim trip site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker site.

You can drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Malibu

— 1 night
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Carbon Beach, admire the masterpieces at Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, then kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Nicholas Canyon Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Malibu online tour planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for little chillier days in Malibu, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Bakersfield

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Wind Wolves Preserve, experience rural life at Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn, and then let the river carry you with River's End Rafting.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bakersfield route app.

You can drive from Malibu to Bakersfield in 2.5 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Malibu in August: highs in Bakersfield hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Glacier Point and North Dome. Get outdoors at Vernal Fall and Tenaya Lake. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bakersfield to Yosemite National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bakersfield in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Fremont.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Fremont

— 1 night
Fremont is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, then stroll through Sulphur Creek Nature Center, and then stroll through Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fremont online trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Fremont. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Fremont are slightly colder (76°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fremont

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fremont to San Francisco takes an hour. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.