12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Columbus
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  7 h 45 min
End: Columbus

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.
Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Third Street Promenadefor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Virga Gallery (in Laguna Beach) and Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim). Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stop by Bergamot Station, shop like a local with The Grove, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip tool.

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. June in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Virga Gallery, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Revolver Gallery
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Liberty Public Market. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then engage your brain at Exploratorium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning site.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Francisco when traveling from San Diego in June, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally trek along Panorama Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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