18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Alcatraz Island and Lombard Street. Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, tee off at Lincoln Park, and stroll around Crissy Field.

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Edinburgh, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are cooler (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 17th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney District. Have a day of magic on the 20th (Tue) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's still lots to do: catch some excitement at Radiator Springs Racers.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip maker.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games

San Diego

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum will thrill your kids. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: walk around Balboa Park and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in October, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

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.