18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tahoe City
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kings Beach
— 1 night
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 28th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tahoe City

— 2 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Inspiration Point Vista and then trek along Eagle Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tahoe City holiday builder app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Tahoe City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Tahoe City dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Kings Beach.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Kings Beach

— 1 night
Kings Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Placer County, California, United States on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): walk around Kings Beach State Recreation Area, then head outdoors with Adrift Tahoe, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kings Beach trip itinerary planning site.

Kings Beach is just a stone's throw from Tahoe City. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Kings Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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 4th (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, hike along Mariposa Grove, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kings Beach to Yosemite National Park. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Union Square, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then learn about winemaking at Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip maker website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.2
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.