18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Drive to Austin Straubel International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Monterey
— 7 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Austin Straubel International Airport, Drive to Appleton

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Strawberry Hill. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online itinerary planner.

Appleton to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Appleton to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Appleton in October, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 56°F. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step out of the city life by going to Asilomar State Beach and Point Lobos. Get some historical perspective at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Mission San Juan Bautista. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Joullian Vineyards & Winery (in Carmel Valley), Wings of History (in San Martin) and Canepa Motorsports Museum (in Scotts Valley). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Family-friendly places like Mariposa Grove and Panorama Trail will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, make a trip to Washburn Point, and get impressive views of Panum Crater.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Monterey in October, with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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.