18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Lassen Volcanic National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and then enjoy some music at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel route builder .

Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, stroll through Mount Whitney Trail, and then trek along Mt. Whitney. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions planning website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lone Pine
Highlights from your plan
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

2
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.
On the 1st (Sat), hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online visit planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are much colder (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 3rd (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kiva Beach, explore and take pictures at Stream Profile Chamber, and then immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Stream Profile Chamber
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

1
night
Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park ©
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
On the 4th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Mill Creek Falls, get outside with Devil's Kitchen, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fantastic Lava Beds, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Boiling Springs Lake. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Cold Boiling Lake and then admire all the interesting features of Wild Horse Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lassen Volcanic National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Lassen Volcanic National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Lassen Volcanic National Park, with highs around 95°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Wild Horse Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Mill Creek Falls ©
Mill Creek Falls
Wild Horse Sanctuary ©
Wild Horse Sanctuary
Fantastic Lava Beds ©
Fantastic Lava Beds

2
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trinidad State Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park journey builder tool .

You can drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Redwood National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Lassen Volcanic National Park in June, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Redwood National Park: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Trinidad
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Bodega Dunes and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail and Marin Headlands. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco sightseeing app .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Redwood National Park - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at Marina State Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip builder website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Marina State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Marina State Beach ©
Marina State Beach

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