18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Vienna

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: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco journey builder tool .

Vienna, Austria to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Vienna in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and finally look for gifts at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. July in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 30th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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: stroll through San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can 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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