12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online road trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to San Francisco. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Montreal in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday website .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 43°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. On the next day, try out the rides at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are cooler, around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
On the 30th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip builder .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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