12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

Make it your trip
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 3 nights
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to John Glenn Columbus International Airport


Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Head to Third Street Promenade and Bergamot Stationfor 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 still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, shop like a local with The Grove, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Columbus to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, 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 · Zoos & Aquariums

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

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.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning site.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 · Shopping

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.