18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Los Angeles
Drive
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Anaheim
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

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.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Brisbane in January, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Anaheim

— 4 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes It's a Small World. We've included these beaches for you: Aliso Beach Park and Seal Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bowers Museum and Christ Cathedral. Step out of Anaheim with an excursion to Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach--about 34 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Tue) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's still lots to do: discover the magic at Disneyland Park, take an in-depth tour of Founder's Park, get your game on at The VOID, and try out the rides at Downtown Disney District.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim journey planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Anaheim are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 2 nights

Village by the Sea

Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Museum of Making Music as well as LEGOLAND California. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Batiquitos Lagoon, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Making Music, and then look for all kinds of wild species at San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at LEGOLAND California.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carlsbad online vacation builder.

You can drive from Anaheim to Carlsbad in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in January, Carlsbad is little chillier at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

San Diego

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then stroll through Windansea Beach. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lions, Tigers & Bears.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Carlsbad to San Diego in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Carlsbad in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Palm Springs

— 3 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Fulmor, look for all kinds of wild species at Idyllwild Nature Center, then stop by Wabi Sabi Japan Living, and finally make a trip to Desert Holocaust Memorial.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Palm Springs, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Joshua Tree National Park

— 3 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Step out of the city life by going to Cottonwood Spring Oasis and Wonderland of Rocks. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boy Scout Trail and Split Rock. There's still lots to do: hike along Wall Street Mill, admire the verdant scenery at Lost Horse Valley, and steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip builder.

Drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Palm Springs in January; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 19°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums

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.