18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Orick
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Orick
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Fly
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly

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Orick

Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Keep things going the next day: trek along Lady Bird Johnson Grove and then hike along Redwood National Park.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, use the Orick tour site.

Columbus to Orick is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Orick due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Columbus, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Orick, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Orick

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and North Dome. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Tioga Pass, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Orick to Yosemite National Park. While traveling from Orick, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of The Castro, shop like a local with Union Square, and visit SoMa.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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St. Helena

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Honig Vineyard & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

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You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 82°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

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Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from St. Helena in August: highs in Carmel hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

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San Diego

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): kick back and relax at Children's Pool, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and then admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens. On the next day, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 78°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Original Muscle Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Santa Monica Bay and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. There's lots more to do: put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles planning website.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.