12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Charlotte

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 20th (Wed), shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego online journey planner.

Charlotte to San Diego is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

3
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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Amoeba Music or Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary site.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Let the collections at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: stroll through Panorama Trail, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at North Dome, and hike along Lembert Dome.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour builder website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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