12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  15​h 15​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
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Twin Peaks and Lands End. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online travel route planner .

Hong Kong, China to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Hong Kong to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Hong Kong in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): hike along Scenic Road Walkway, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally look for gifts at AiX.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

AiX, Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Gallery by the Sea Carmel ©
Gallery by the Sea Carmel

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Manhattan Beach and Huntington Dog Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Grove and LA Farmers' Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Newport Beach (The Wedge & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at The Broad, take an in-depth tour of Skirball Cultural Center, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Huntington Dog Beach, Manhattan Beach
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
The Broad ©
The Broad

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