18 days in California & Indianapolis Itinerary

18 days in California & Indianapolis Itinerary

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18 days in California & Indianapolis Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
St. Helena
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Indianapolis
— 1 day
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online travel planner .

Indianapolis to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Indianapolis to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect little chillier with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

1
night
St. Helena

The city of St.
On the 9th (Tue), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read St. Helena online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from St. Helena to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Helena in July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
day
Indianapolis

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Indianapolis day trip planning website .

Fly from San Diego to Indianapolis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to Indianapolis. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Indianapolis, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Fun & Games Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Children's Museum of Indianapolis ©
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing

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