12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal

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.
Get outdoors at Panorama Trail and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Lembert Dome, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

Montreal, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to Yosemite National Park. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Montreal in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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 Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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 8th (Mon): shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, then get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in July since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at The Grove, then appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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