18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly:  22​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Amritsar

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 zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning website .

Amritsar, India to San Diego is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 13 hours traveling from Amritsar to San Diego. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Amritsar in October: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

3
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 out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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 National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Half Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are colder (-2°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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