18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  22​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
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Muscat

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary planning tool .

Muscat, Oman to San Diego is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Muscat to San Diego, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Muscat in June, with highs in San Diego at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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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.
Head to Hammer Museum and Craft & Folk Art Museumfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Visiting Glacier Point and North Dome will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Union Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

Plan trip to San Francisco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll through Moro Rock, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, then trek along Big Stump Basin, and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

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Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 19°C, while days are much hotter, around 40°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove

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