18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route builder

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Japanese Tea Garden has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Goat Rock Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Step out of San Francisco to go to Bodega and see Bodega Dunes, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online attractions planner.

Brooklyn to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Brooklyn to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brooklyn in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey

— 5 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Bring the kids along to Point Lobos and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natural Bridges State Beach and Dennis the Menace Park. Take a break from Monterey with a short trip to Pinnacles National Park in Paicines, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monterey visit planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Monterey are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park holiday planning app.

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, and then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (57°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.