12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
3
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, and finally see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Francisco is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to San Francisco is minus 4 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Juan in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
On the 30th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Hoffmann, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anaheim online trip maker .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In January, Anaheim is much warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
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.
Pack the 5th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

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
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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