18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Napa
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
On the 9th (Mon), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax 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 more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online trip maker.

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Toronto to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Visiting Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 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 · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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 outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
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): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Carmel trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa

— 3 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Napa travel route planning site.

You can drive from Carmel to Napa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: highs in Napa hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of SoMa, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip app.

Drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in September, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.