12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Phoenix to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

5
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.
Get outdoors at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park and Panorama Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. And it doesn't end there: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to McWay Falls and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos. Spend the 14th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach and stroll around Dennis the Menace Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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