17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, tee off at Lincoln Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

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Helsinki, Finland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Helsinki to San Francisco. Traveling from Helsinki in June, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along May Lake Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
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. On the 18th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel travel planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Carmel to be somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Beaches

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Relax by the water at Black's Beach and Children's Pool. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and stroll through San Diego Zoo.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Carmel in June, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

3
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.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Studio City Farmers Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Bergamot Station). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, and stop by Amoeba Music.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Shopping, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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