12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Newark

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty 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 join in the after-dark buzz at Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Newark in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sun), find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Theme Parks
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You've added Cooper's Pub & Restaurant, Bixby Bridge, Monterey Bay Kayaks, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get a taste of local nightlife at Cooper's Pub & Restaurant. On your second day here, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. June in Monterey sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Bixby Bridge
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
Cooper's Pub & Restaurant ©
Cooper's Pub & Restaurant

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle as well as Elephant Seal Rookery. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Simeon travel route planner .

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are warmer, around 93°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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hours
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.
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Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor

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 Universal Studios Hollywood as well as Wine and Dine Walking Tours. On the 28th (Fri), squeeze the most out of the city with Wine and Dine Walking Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Tours
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Wine and Dine Walking Tours ©
Wine and Dine Walking Tours

3
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 Coronado Beach, Seaport Village, La Jolla Shores Park, and other attractions you added.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in San Diego hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 64°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach

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