12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sacramento
— 1 night
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
3
Monterey
— 1 night
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
6
San Diego
— 2 nights

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Old Sacramento Waterfront, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then revel in the low prices at Vacaville Premium Outlets, and finally visit Old Town Auburn.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Sacramento travel route builder.

Asheville to Sacramento is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Asheville in May, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Vacaville Premium Outlets, Old Town Auburn
Highlights from your plan
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park ©
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Old Town Auburn ©
Old Town Auburn

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sacramento in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 4th (Mon), stop by AiX and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monterey road trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

AiX, Canepa Motorsports Museum, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Canepa Motorsports Museum ©
Canepa Motorsports Museum

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 6th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, and finally steep yourself in history at Bodie State Historic Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Monterey in May, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Pothole Dome ©
Pothole Dome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Montana Avenue, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, then shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then shop like a local with The Grove, and finally wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday builder website.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 12 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes San Diego Zoo as well as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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