18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
3
Carmel
— 1 night
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita capture your imagination. There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tolerance.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles planner.

Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in January, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and see the interesting displays at Old Town Model Railroad Depot.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read San Diego journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

1
night
Carmel

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 3rd (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally stop by AiX.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in February: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stop by The Embarcadero, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary site.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In February in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Badger Pass Ski Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in February, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 10°C by day to -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

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