12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then wander the streets of North Beach, then take a stroll through Chinatown, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel tool.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco. In June, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Newark - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
You've now added Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks
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Highlights from your trip

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day by day itinerary now includes Cooper's Pub & Restaurant, Bixby Bridge, Monterey Bay Kayaks, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get a taste of local nightlife at Cooper's Pub & Restaurant. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then don't miss a visit to Cannery Row.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey day trip planning website.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle as well as Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon road trip planning tool.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

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Santa Barbara

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Barbara Harbor. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Barbara Harbor.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip site.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

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Los Angeles

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Hollywood as well as Wine and Dine Walking Tours. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): indulge your senses at Wine and Dine Walking Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Wineries · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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 Coronado Beach, Seaport Village, La Jolla Shores Park, and other attractions you added.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego route builder site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 64°F at night. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.