18 days in California & Los Angeles County Itinerary

18 days in California & Los Angeles County Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco visit planner.

Cairo, Egypt to San Francisco is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to San Francisco is minus 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cairo in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Must see
Alcatraz Island
4.7

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 21st (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and finally look for gifts at AiX.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Carmel online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Badger Pass Ski Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. For shopping fun, head to Yosemite Museum Gallery or Ansel Adams Gallery. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Parsons Memorial, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and trek along Mariposa Grove.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park journey planning site.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Sentinel Dome
4.9
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Must see
Glacier Point
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Mariposa Grove
4.7

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For shopping fun, head to Bergamot Station or Melrose Trading Post. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Norton Simon Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Side Trips

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Specialty Museum
The Getty Center
4.8
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Shopping Mall
Two Rodeo Drive
4.2

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego road trip website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
La Jolla Cove
4.7
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Must see
USS Midway Museum
4.8

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