12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Coronado
— 4 nights
drive:  30​min
4
San Diego
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Big Basin Redwoods State Park as well as Golden Gate Bridge. Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Head. Head to Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and City Lights Booksellers & Publishersfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary planner .

Philadelphia to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 64°F and lows reach 50°F. You will leave for Santa Monica on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Bodega Head, Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You've now added Rodeo Drive to your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Camarillo Premium Outlets. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica Beach and Mulholland Drive. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Zuma Beach in Malibu, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Magicopolis, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica tour itinerary tool .

Do a combination of subway, flight, and bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in March, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coronado.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Zuma Beach, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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Rodeo Drive ©
Rodeo Drive
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach

4
nights
Coronado

Coronado ©
Coronado is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across the San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego. Visiting Coronado Beach and Coronado Island will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Coronado Ferry Landing, tee off at Coronado Municipal Golf Course, stroll through Coronado Tidelands Park, and get lost in a book at Coronado Public Library.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Coronado travel route builder tool .

Getting from Santa Monica to Coronado by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 56°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Coronado

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Golf
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Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
Coronado Public Library ©
Coronado Public Library

few
hours
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.
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary website .

San Diego is just a stone's throw from Coronado. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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