18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

Make it your trip
Drive
1
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
3
Visalia
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Drive
5
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly
8
Los Angeles
— 6 nights

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Palm Springs

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get to know the resident critters at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs journey website.

Los Angeles to Palm Springs is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Palm Springs can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Visalia.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nature · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Visalia

— 1 night
Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230mi southeast of San Francisco, 190mi north of Los Angeles, 36mi west of Sequoia National Park and 43mi south of Fresno. To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Visalia road trip planning app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Visalia in 3.5 hours. In January, Visalia is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C. You will leave for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Visalia

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Visalia to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Sacramento Zoo and then grab your bike and head to American River Bicycle Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Sacramento in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January in Sacramento, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Sacramento in January, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Museums

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral.

Before you visit Monterey, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. January in Monterey sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 6 nights

City of Angels

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 17th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore Los Angeles further: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and stop by Guitar Center.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.