12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Medford
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  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
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Sonora
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
End: Medford

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Fri), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning tool .

Medford to Los Angeles is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Medford in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 62°F in Los Angeles. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
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 16th (Sat), kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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. On the 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In June, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Beaches

Side Trip

San Carlos Cathedral
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San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

1
night
St. Helena

The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read St. Helena trip maker .

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero are in your itinerary. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from St. Helena in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sonora.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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night
Sonora

Sonora ©
Sonora is the county seat of Tuolumne County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Black Oak Casino as well as Indigeny Reserve. On the 23rd (Sat), try your luck at Black Oak Casino, then admire the majestic nature at Columbia State Historic Park, then learn about winemaking at Ironstone Vineyards, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Indigeny Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sonora travel route builder tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Sonora in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Sonora hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sonora

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Columbia State Historic Park, Ironstone Vineyards
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Columbia State Historic Park ©
Columbia State Historic Park
Ironstone Vineyards ©
Ironstone Vineyards
Indigeny Reserve ©
Indigeny Reserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): cruise along Tioga Pass and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online tour planner .

Getting from Sonora to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Sonora in June, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 78°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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