18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Diego
— 3 nights
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Visions Art 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, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, stroll through Mission Beach Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in San Diego: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. 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: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

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 °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning site.

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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, thenenjoy 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, thenstroll through Point Lobos, thenview the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally see the interesting displays at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are much warmer (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
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 SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

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 °C and lows of °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 Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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