18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Dusseldorf
Fly:  14​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Oakville
— 1 night
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
Dusseldorf

4
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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco custom trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Dusseldorf in September, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Spend the 16th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Oakville.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
day
Oakville

Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oakville sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Oakville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Oakville, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries

Side Trip

St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards
V. Sattui

3
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 24th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Sunset Cliffs, examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel planner.

Getting from Oakville to San Diego by combination of bus, taxi, and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Oakville in September, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

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