18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Montreal

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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenue. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tolerance.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online travel route builder .

Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 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

Norton Simon Museum, Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. USS Midway Museum and Old Town Model Railroad Depot will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally stop by AiX.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in February: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can 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 ©

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, wander the streets of SoMa, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday site .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in February, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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.
Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, trek along North Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in February, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 10°C by day to -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

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