18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Manchester

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planner.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, hike along Panorama Trail, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, about 38 minutes away. Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip maker .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, Los Angeles is much hotter at night with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at SeaWorld San Diego, stroll through La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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