12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Yountville
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Montreal, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Montreal in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 5th (Thu), make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Monterey. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yountville.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Yountville

— 1 night
Named after the man responsible for establishing Napa Valley's first vineyard, Yountville is a destination for foodies.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yountville planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Yountville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yountville: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yountville

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online vacation planner.

You can drive from Yountville to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yountville in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.