17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly + taxi:  13​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Oakville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

3
days
Santa Monica

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion for their historical value. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hermosa Beach Pier and Manhattan Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Santa Barbara (State Street & Old Mission Santa Barbara). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue, and wander the streets of Rodeo Drive.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica vacation builder.

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in Santa Monica at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Hermosa Beach Pier

3
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Marston House Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Oceanside Pier. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through La Jolla Cove, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip builder.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum

2
days
Monterey

The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. On the 15th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip builder.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Monterey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Monterey is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Oakville.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
days
Oakville

Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, do a tasting at Castello di Amorosa, then do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Domaine Carneros and then kick back and relax at Johnson's Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Oakville itinerary maker.

Getting from Monterey to Oakville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In April in Oakville, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Johnson's Beach, Mumm Napa, Castello di Amorosa, Domaine Carneros
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery
V. Sattui
Castello di Amorosa

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa (South of Market Street). Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, wander the streets of Marina District, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Oakville to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Oakville in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Miramar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks

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