18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and USS Midway Museum. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning app.

Honolulu to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Honolulu in December, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Los Angeles

— 5 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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney District) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Ocean Avenue). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.
Bring the kids along to Badger Pass Ski Area and Yosemite Valley Biking. On the 28th (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range, tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 46°F and lows at 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are much warmer (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

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.