18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and trek along Mariposa Grove.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip website.

Getting from Monterey to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Los Angeles

— 5 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 Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disneyland Park, &more). Pack the 25th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online journey maker.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.