18 days in California & Los Angeles County Itinerary

18 days in California & Los Angeles County Itinerary

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18 days in California & Los Angeles County Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Cairo

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Union Square, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip site .

Cairo, Egypt to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Cairo to San Francisco, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairo in December, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
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), kick back and relax at Point Lobos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and finally look for gifts at AiX.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker site .

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

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, and hike along Mariposa Grove.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are cooler (-11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
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.
Do your shopping at Melrose Trading Post and Bergamot Station. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Bergamot Station, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online holiday planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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