12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Diego is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Newark in June, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

3
nights
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.
Spend the 22nd (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect little chillier with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through The Castro, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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