12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  11​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Bridge as well as Golden Gate Theatre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley).

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary builder website .

Helsinki, Finland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Helsinki to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect San Francisco to be much warmer, temps between 19°C and 10°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Charles M. Schulz Museum, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Golden Gate Theatre ©
Golden Gate Theatre

2
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.
On the 16th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in February, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 10°C by day to -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle as well as Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then stroll through Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 11 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, with highs in San Simeon at 22°C and lows at 3°C. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood. You'll discover tucked-away gems like University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Hollywood Bowl Overlook.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in February, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 12°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Hollywood Bowl Overlook ©
Hollywood Bowl Overlook

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