18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Kuwait City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Exploratorium, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Kuwait City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kuwait City in October, plan for much colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, stroll around Mariposa Grove, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
Get some historical perspective at Annenberg Community Beach House and Santa Monica Pier. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Hauser & Wirth, and hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market.

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Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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 31st (Thu): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

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
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carmel attractions planner .

Fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in November, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Step out of the city life by going to Sonoma Coast State Beach and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Let the collections at Mumm Napa and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum capture your imagination. Step out of St. Helena to go to Bodega Bay and see Bodega Head, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena day trip planning tool .

Getting from Carmel to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in November, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in St. Helena. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Head, Castello di Amorosa, The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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