18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Santa Monica Pier and Griffith Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica). Pack the 22nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, walk around Beverly Gardens Park, and explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route builder website.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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 24th (Mon) at Disney California Adventure Park. Next up on the itinerary: experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers, take in the exciting artwork at The Disney Gallery, enjoy some diversion at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In May in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Parks

San Diego

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Diego online journey maker.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in May, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy and Glacier Point. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, see human ingenuity at work at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park attractions site.

Explore your travel options from San Diego to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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 appreciate attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take some stellar pictures from Battery Spencer, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.