18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Saint-Denis
Fly:  30​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Saint-Denis

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Relax by the water at Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Ano Nuevo Elephant Seal Tours (in Pescadero). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip site .

Saint-Denis, Reunion Island to San Francisco is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Saint-Denis to San Francisco, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Saint-Denis in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ano Nuevo Elephant Seal Tours, Rockaway Beach
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, and other attractions. On the 22nd (Thu), get interesting insight from Roaring Camp Railroads, see the interesting displays at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pleasure Point Beach, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at Santa Cruz Food Tour. On your second day here, take an unorthodox tour of Mystery Spot, get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Shark Fin Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum ©
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

1
night
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stroll through Morro Strand State Beach, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then take some stellar pictures from Anchor Memorial Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Morro Bay trip maker website .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. August in Morro Bay sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bixby Bridge, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Morro Strand State Beach ©
Morro Strand State Beach

1
day
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
You've now added Santa Cruz Island to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sun), head off the coast to Santa Cruz Island.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara road trip app .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Santa Cruz Island
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Island ©
Santa Cruz Island

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, Head underground at Bronson Caves, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles route planning site .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
You've now added Alcatraz Island to your itinerary. On the 29th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then stroll through Ocean Beach, then wander the streets of Chinatown, and finally get curious at California Academy of Sciences. On your second day here, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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