18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Santa Maria
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Grace Cathedral and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday site.

Stockholm, Sweden to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Stockholm to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Maria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Maria

— 4 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Shop till you drop at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and Harmony Pottery Works. Step out of the city life by going to Morro Rock and Piedras Blancas. Venture out of the city with trips to Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Cambria (Moonstone Beach Dr & Moonstone Beach). It doesn't end there: hike along Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Maria planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Maria by car takes about 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Maria can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Battleship USS Iowa Museum and The Broad. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Newport Beach (in Newport Beach) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Maria to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Maria in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Visit Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Point Loma for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Coronado Beach and stroll through Pacific Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.