18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Florence
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  7 h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Channel Islands National Park
— 2 nights
Travel:  4 h 30 min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Florence

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, North Beach, San Francisco Magic Show, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco route builder app.

Florence, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Florence in February, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, thendon't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, thentake some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, hike along Big Trees Trail, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are much hotter (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Channel Islands National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

2
nights
Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park ©
The coast of Southern California might be one of the most densely populated areas of the United States, but a quick hop out to Channel Islands National Park provides a picture of coastal living in the region before human development.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): head off the coast to Santa Cruz Island, explore the fascinating underground world of The Sea Caves, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Anacapa Island. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and then step off the mainland to explore Santa Rosa Island.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Channel Islands National Park trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Channel Islands National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in February, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Channel Islands National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Island ©
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Rosa Island ©
Santa Rosa Island
The Sea Caves ©
The Sea Caves

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes El Capitan Theatre. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Channel Islands National Park to Los Angeles. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Channel Islands National Park in February, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Nightlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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