18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Riyadh
Fly:  27​h
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
Riyadh

4
days
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.
Pack the 31st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: stroll through San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego sightseeing planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to San Diego is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in August; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park
SeaWorld San Diego

3
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood
Getty Center The Publications

4
days
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, trails, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, trek along Panorama Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf

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