18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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San Diego

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, stroll through Mission Beach Park, and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary website.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 9°C and lows about -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 31st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel holiday maker app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · 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.