12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip builder

Make it your trip
Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Anaheim
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Anaheim
— 1 day
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Washington

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Anaheim

— 1 day

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

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Washington to Anaheim is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington to Anaheim, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Anaheim are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles holiday planner.

You can drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 24th (Sat), make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Santa Barbara at 75°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, stroll through Partington Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Big Sur online vacation maker.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Big Sur in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, Big Sur is little chillier than Santa Barbara - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, learn about winemaking at Storrs Winery, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz day trip app.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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 27th (Tue), make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then visit Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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 31st (Sat), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

California travel guide

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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.