18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Florence
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
Florence

4
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get some cultural insight at Getty Center The Publications and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

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Florence, Italy to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Florence to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Florence in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

3
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and stroll through Children's Pool.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 3rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 21°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

4
days
Yosemite National Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature Center at Happy Isles and Glacier Point. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company in Bear Valley--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along May Lake Trailhead, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

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You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in May, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

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You can 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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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