12 days in Los Angeles, Carlsbad & San Francisco Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, Carlsbad & San Francisco Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles, Carlsbad & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Almaty
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Carlsbad
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  5​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Almaty

4
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.
Do your shopping at The Grove and Hollywood & Highland. Bring the kids along to The Getty Center and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Oak Canyon Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Grammy Museum, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip tool .

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Los Angeles is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Almaty to Los Angeles, you'll gain 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Almaty in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through South Carlsbad State Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens.

Plan a Carlsbad trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Carlsbad in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Carlsbad. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Fort Funston National Park and Alcatraz Island. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions planning site .

Getting from Carlsbad to San Francisco by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Carlsbad in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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