17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Point Reyes National Seashore
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Rosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sacramento
— Few hours
drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Los Banos
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London


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5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge. Get outdoors at Marin Headlands and Lands End. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

1
night
Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore ©
On the 21st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Tule Elk Preserve, kick back and relax at Limantour Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Reyes Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Point Reyes National Seashore road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore takes 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Point Reyes National Seashore, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse

3
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Donelan Family Wines and Hook and Ladder Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Pepperwood Preserve and Hood Mountain Regional Park. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Bennett Valley, take in the exciting artwork at Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, and do a tasting at Siduri Wines.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Rosa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Point Reyes National Seashore to Santa Rosa takes 1.5 hours. August in Santa Rosa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Trails Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Pepperwood Preserve ©
Pepperwood Preserve
Donelan Family Wines ©
Donelan Family Wines
Balletto Vineyards ©
Balletto Vineyards

few
hours
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 25th (Sun), see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then learn about winemaking at The Undergound Tasting Room, and then take an in-depth tour of Governor's Mansion.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sacramento vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to Sacramento takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Rosa in August: high temperatures in Sacramento hover around 38°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
The Undergound Tasting Room ©
The Undergound Tasting Room

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.
On the 26th (Mon), make a trip to Olmsted Point, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in August; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 32°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Banos.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

few
hours
Los Banos

Los Banos ©
Los Banos is a city in Merced County, central California. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Banos travel route builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Los Banos. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Banos: highs are around 41°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Banos

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge ©
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey itinerary maker website .

Drive from Los Banos to Monterey in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Los Banos, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Step out of the city life by going to Twin Peaks and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chinatown and Golden Gate Promenade. Explore San Francisco further: kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

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Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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