18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
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
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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 9th (Mon): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary tool .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Toronto in September, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Escape the urban bustle at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Topanga State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route maker website .

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 September, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit website .

You can 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 September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are colder (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

17-Mile Drive, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pride Mountain Vineyards and O'Brien Estate Winery. Get in touch with nature at Artesa Vineyards & Winery and Balloon Rides. When in Napa, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Napa day trip planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to Napa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in Napa are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco visit planner.

Getting from Napa to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in September, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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