18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Bus:  15​min
5
Sausalito
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Chico
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Arcata
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Portland
— 1 night
End: Portland

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night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pismo Beach trip maker app .

Los Angeles to Pismo Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in Pismo Beach dip to 16°C. On the 24th (Tue), you're off toCarmel.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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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. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

Drive from Pismo Beach to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Pismo Beach in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

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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 26th (Thu): trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, get great views at Valley View, and then trek along Four Mile Trail. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carmel in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

3
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden Gate Promenade.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary site .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in San Francisco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sausalito.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Fort Point ©
Fort Point

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night
Sausalito

Sausalito ©
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Mill Park, stroll through Tennessee Valley Trailhead, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rodeo Beach. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, identify plant and animal life at Point Pinole, and then hike along Dipsea Trail.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sausalito trip itinerary builder .

Sausalito is just a short distance from San Francisco. In September, daily temperatures in Sausalito can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Chico.

Things to do in Sausalito

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mill Valley, Point Pinole, Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Old Mill Park ©
Old Mill Park
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve ©
Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
Tennessee Valley Trailhead ©
Tennessee Valley Trailhead

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Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. On the 2nd (Wed), explore and take pictures at Feather River Fish Hatchery, contemplate the long history of Chinese Temple, examine the collection at Gold Nugget Museum, then snap pictures at Honey Run Covered Bridge, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chico road trip planner.

You can drive from Sausalito to Chico in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Chico are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arcata.

Things to do in Chico

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Oroville, Gold Nugget Museum
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Gold Nugget Museum ©
Gold Nugget Museum
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park ©
Chinese Temple ©
Chinese Temple

5
nights
Arcata

Arcata ©
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Lady Bird Johnson Grove and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy. End of the Trail Museum and Trinidad Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Arcata's surroundings by going to Ferndale (Ferndale Historic Cemetery & The Victorian Village of Ferndale), Douglas Memorial Bridge - Historical Memorial (in Klamath) and Trinidad State Beach (in Trinidad). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the views from Berta's Ranch Covered Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Sequoia Park Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arcata route maker .

You can drive from Chico to Arcata in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Chico in October, you will find days in Arcata are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Arcata

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Trinidad, Eureka, Orick, Ferndale, Klamath
Highlights from your plan
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center ©
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

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nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Fort Klamath Museum, then hike along Annie Creek Canyon, then trek along Pinnacles Trail, and finally trek along Castle Crest Wildflower Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): trek along Sun Notch Trail, then admire the sheer force of Whitehorse Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at National Creek Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park day trip planner .

You can drive from Arcata to Crater Lake National Park in 5 hours. While traveling from Arcata, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Crater Lake National Park, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

National Creek Falls, Fort Klamath Museum
Highlights from your plan
Annie Creek Canyon ©
Annie Creek Canyon
Fort Klamath Museum ©
Fort Klamath Museum
Sun Notch Trail ©
Sun Notch Trail

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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Camassia Natural Area, then contemplate the long history of Oregon City Municipal Elevator, and then get a new perspective on nature at Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Portland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Crater Lake National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Oregon City Municipal Elevator, Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Camassia Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals ©
Camassia Natural Area ©
Camassia Natural Area
Oregon City Municipal Elevator ©
Oregon City Municipal Elevator

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