18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Solvang
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Big Sur
— Few hours
bus:  30​min
7
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  15​min
8
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Los Angeles trip simple and quick.

Manila, Philippines to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Manila to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in April, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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hours
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Barbara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Los Angeles in April, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

few
hours
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Solvang day trip planning website .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Solvang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Solvang, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Solvang

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Luis Obispo travel site .

You can drive from Solvang to San Luis Obispo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll set off for San Simeon on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

few
hours
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip maker tool .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to San Simeon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in April, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nitt Witt Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Big Sur driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in April: highs in Big Sur hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

few
hours
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. To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel travel route planning app .

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Big Sur. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then learn about winemaking at Carmel Ridge Winery.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monterey online driving holiday planner .

Monterey is very close to Carmel. April in Monterey sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Carmel Ridge Winery ©
Carmel Ridge Winery

few
hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Scenic Drive Outdoors

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Tue), browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, then make a trip to Washington Square, and finally take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square
San Francisco Botanical Garden ©
San Francisco Botanical Garden

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, then stroll the grounds of Genoa Cemetery, and then kick back and relax at Sand Harbor. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe online travel planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for little chillier days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 15°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Genoa Cemetery, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Heavenly Mountain Resort ©
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Genoa Cemetery ©
Genoa Cemetery

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Enjoy San Francisco some more: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Gregangelo Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in April: highs in San Francisco hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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