18 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

18 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). Pack the 18th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and identify plant and animal life at Ballona Wetlands.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Los Angeles. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Nature

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Embarcadero, then contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then walk around La Jolla Cove.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in San Diego sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 7 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mariposa Grove and Grant Grove. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Western Film History and Laws Railroad Museum. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence), The Senate (in Three Rivers) and Project Survival's Cat Haven (in Dunlap). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, cruise along Generals Hwy, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

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You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are little chillier (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips