18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Orick
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). There's lots more to do: put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

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 26th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego online travel planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): race across the water with a speed boat tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and then hike along Mt. Tallac Trail.

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Traveling by flight from San Diego to South Lake Tahoe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, plan for much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Transportation · Beaches

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Panorama Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip app.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Orick.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Orick

— 2 nights
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): trek along Lady Bird Johnson Grove and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail, cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, and then trek along Trillium Falls Hike.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Orick travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Orick. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Orick are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Orick

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, don't miss a visit to Transamerica Pyramid, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Orick to San Francisco with the Route module. Traveling from Orick in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

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.