18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
3
Tahoma
— 1 night
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
5
Carmel
— 1 night
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Nob Hill, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Honig Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally do a tasting at Mumm Napa.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the St. Helena road trip planning site.

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in St. Helena to be a bit cooler, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tahoma.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Rutherford, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

1
night
Tahoma

Tahoma is a census-designated place in Placer and El Dorado counties, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then let little ones run wild at Commons Beach Park, and then stroll through Meeks Bay Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tahoma trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Tahoma takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from St. Helena in September; daily highs in Tahoma reach 26°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Tahoma

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Tahoe City
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River Rafting & Tubing
Commons Beach Park ©
Commons Beach Park

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Shop till you drop at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. There's lots more to do: stroll through Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tahoma to Yosemite National Park. In September, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look for gifts at AiX, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

Start your trip to Carmel by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

AiX, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Mission Beach Park and Black's Beach. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Pier. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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