18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Carmel
— 1 night
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
5
San Diego
— 5 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ferry Building Marketplace and Alcatraz Island. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, wander the streets of Union Square, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder tool.

Adelaide, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Adelaide to San Francisco is minus 17.5 hours. Traveling from Adelaide in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be slightly colder, around 8°C, while days are much colder, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, stroll through Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip website.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Attractions like Badger Pass Ski Area and Yosemite Museum Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation maker app.

Traveling by bus from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 15.5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus 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
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bergamot Station and Santa Monica Farmers Market. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

Make your Los Angeles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 12 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Bring the kids along to Gaslamp Quarter and Mission Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, and shop like a local with Liberty Public Market.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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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