18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning app .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
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 National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Keep things going the next day: hike along General Grant Tree Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Monica trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Monica in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Explore Anaheim's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Pacific Marine Mammal Center (in Laguna Beach). Have a day of magic on the 11th (Sun) at Disney California Adventure Park. Have a day of magic on the 10th (Sat) at Disneyland Park. It doesn't end there: discover the magic at Downtown Disney and have some family-friendly fun at The VOID.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of tram and train. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, you will find days in Anaheim are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, have fun at Balboa Park, and find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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