12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Petaluma
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: San Diego

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Griffith Observatory, Japanese American National Museum and Amoeba Music. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by Amoeba Music and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route app .

San Diego to Los Angeles is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Japanese American National Museum ©
Japanese American National Museum

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You've now added General Sherman Tree to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History and then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 25th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip site .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 53°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): examine the collection at USS Pampanito. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park and then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online attractions planner .

Drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Petaluma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
USS Pampanito ©
USS Pampanito

2
nights
Petaluma

Petaluma ©
Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States, 32mi north of San Francisco. On the 30th (Sun), make a trip to Sonoma Barracks, take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano, then admire the majestic nature at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, then admire all the interesting features of Marin French Cheese Company, and finally look for gifts at Petaluma Seed Bank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Shollenberger Park, then see the interesting displays at California Missions Museum at Cline Cellars, then do a tasting at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, and finally stroll around Bartholomew Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Petaluma online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Petaluma takes an hour. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Petaluma: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Petaluma

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Sonoma
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Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park ©
Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
Mission San Francisco Solano ©
Mission San Francisco Solano
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley

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