18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cambria
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

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.
On the 21st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Shambala Preserve, look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Cleveland to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cleveland to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cleveland in November, plan for much hotter days in Los Angeles, with highs around 76°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Shambala Preserve
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, and finally make a trip to Seaport Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, grab your bike and head to Lodi Lake Park, and then contemplate the long history of Historic Bob Hope Theatre. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at California State Capitol Museum, get engrossed in the history at California State Indian Museum, get curious at Aerospace Museum of California, examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, then see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento, and finally take an in-depth tour of Governor's Mansion.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sacramento trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Sacramento takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in November: high temperatures in Sacramento hover around 65°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Historic Bob Hope Theatre, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Lodi Lake Park, Aerospace Museum of California, Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Old Sacramento Waterfront ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery and Sturgeons Mill. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), AERENA Galleries & Gardens (in St. Helena) and Bodega Bay (Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail & Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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Getting from Sacramento to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sacramento in November, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Bodega Bay, AERENA Galleries & Gardens, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Safari West ©
Safari West

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 1st (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then indulge your taste buds at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and finally take a stroll through Ocean Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then browse for treasures at The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Garden, then take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 3rd (Tue), admire the architecture and history at Mission San Antonio de Padua, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, and finally steep yourself in history at Point San Luis Lighthouse. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Adelaida Vineyards & Winery, view the masterpieces at Studios on the Park, learn about winemaking at J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, learn about winemaking at Niner Wine Estates, then do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Castoro Cellars.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Cambria, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Wineries Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Paso Robles, Point San Luis Lighthouse, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Peachy Canyon Winery, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Highlights from your plan
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines ©
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hike along Lembert Dome, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, make a trip to Valley View, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Southgate Brewing Company.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Cambria to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cambria in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 46°F and 14°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Southgate Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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