18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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San Diego

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online holiday planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Panorama Trail make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

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

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

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.