18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Adelaide

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll around Civic Center, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary planner .

Adelaide, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to San Francisco is minus 17 hours. While traveling from Adelaide, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through Curry Village Ice Rink.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
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.
Head to The Grove and Santa Monica Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Bergamot Station about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

5
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.
Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Liberty Public Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Jolla Cove and Balboa Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego attractions planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in January, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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