18 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

18 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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18 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

8
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, & more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning website .

Helsinki, Finland to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Helsinki to Los Angeles, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View and then trek along Mariposa Grove. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are colder with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

6
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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