18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: San Diego

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. Next up on the itinerary: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Diego. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim (about 38 minutes away). Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

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
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.
Family-friendly places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along May Lake Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Dome, and get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To plan Yosemite National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 67°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Helena.

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

2
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, then immerse yourself in nature at Jack London State Historic Park, then don't miss a visit to Sonoma Plaza, and finally make a trip to Sonoma Barracks. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder nights in St. Helena, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sonoma, Wine Tours & Tastings, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

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