18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Manchester
Fly + taxi:  13​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
Manchester

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. Change things up with a short trip to Zuma Beach in Malibu (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Santa Monica Beach, examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and immerse yourself in nature at Will Rogers State Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip builder.

Manchester, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. In July, Santa Monica is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Zuma Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier
Santa Monica Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and stroll through Black's Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo

1
day
Monterey

The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in August: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Point Lobos State Reserve, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve

5
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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks

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