18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Healdsburg
— 3 nights
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Napa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Union Square, get great views at Battery Spencer, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and visit Chinatown.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online driving holiday planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Healdsburg

— 3 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Goat Rock Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alexander Valley Vineyards and Stephen & Walker Winery. Step out of Healdsburg with an excursion to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery and savor the flavors at Wine Cube Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Healdsburg tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Healdsburg are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa

— 2 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, then learn about winemaking at VGS Chateau Potelle, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Napa tour planner.

Drive from Healdsburg to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Napa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, trek along Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Napa to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Napa in August, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at South Bay Bicycle Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles travel planning site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Children's Pool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

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.