18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Marshall’s Beach will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip site .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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.
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, hike along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner .

You can 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. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour planner.

You can 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. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

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
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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