18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brooklyn
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Brooklyn

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Japanese Tea Garden. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Goat Rock Beach in Jenner (about 1h 40 min away). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge and brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

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Brooklyn to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Brooklyn in July, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Goat Rock Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Point Lobos and Dennis the Menace Park. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Lovers Point and admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary site .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Natural Bridges State Beach, Point Lobos, Lovers Point, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pinnacles National Park
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panorama Trail and Bridalveil Fall. Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the next day, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Charles M. Schulz Museum, Bodega Head
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Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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