18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Vilnius

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, stroll through China Beach, identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Vilnius in October, you will find days in San Francisco are much hotter (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
night
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Bean Hollow State Beach and then stroll through Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pescadero trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Pescadero by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Pescadero are a bit warmer (27°C), and nights are warmer (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach

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 9th (Tue): stop by The Cheese Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Pescadero to Carmel takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in October: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 13th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. October in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, learn about winemaking at Cakebread Cellars, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa, then explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Carneros.

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You can drive from Santa Monica to Napa in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in October, Napa is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Rutherford, St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

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