18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
St. Helena
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
London

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and SoMa (South of Market Street). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Union Square, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel itinerary creator.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in October, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium

few
hours
St. Helena

The city of St.
To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena custom trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder nights in St. Helena, with lows around 9°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Ladera Vineyards

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from St. Helena in October: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Getty Center The Publications and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Pack the 17th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Getty Center The Publications
Griffith Observatory
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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