18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
4
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

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London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in San Diego at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In December, Yosemite National Park is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 9°C and lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 25th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Healdsburg attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect nights in Healdsburg to be warmer, around 2°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 29th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip website .

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in December, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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