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
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
St. Helena
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego planner .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to San Diego, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

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
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip tool .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

Before you visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to St. Helena.

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
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

1
day
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for St. Helena using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to St. Helena takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for little chillier nights in St. Helena, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from St. Helena to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in October, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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