18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  16​h 30​min
End: Edinburgh

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Napa to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stroll around Crissy Field, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip site .

Edinburgh, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

5
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.
Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour builder site .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, 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.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. The adventure continues: discover the magic at Downtown Disney and experience the excitement of Pirates of the Caribbean.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anaheim trip maker website .

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In October, daytime highs in Anaheim are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Radiator Springs Racers ©
Radiator Springs Racers

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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Diego, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Anaheim, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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