12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip app .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Toronto to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grovefor some retail therapy. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and contemplate the long history of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel holiday planning app .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Carmel at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 7th (Sun), do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena journey maker .

Getting from Carmel to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Exploratorium and Union Square. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and wander the streets of SoMa.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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