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 Goat Rock Beach. Let the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Bodega Dunes in Bodega (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Brooklyn to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brooklyn to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Brooklyn in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Dennis the Menace Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Point Lobos and Lovers Point. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (in Big Sur), Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lovers Point, Point Lobos, Pinnacles National Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Natural Bridges State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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 El Capitan. Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

Bodega Head, Charles M. Schulz Museum
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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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