17 days in Big Sur, Napa Valley & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

17 days in Big Sur, Napa Valley & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Big Sur
Big Sur
— 3 nights
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Yellowstone National Park
— 8 nights
Drive to Jackson Hole Airport, Fly to Findon


Big Sur

— 3 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Explore Big Sur's surroundings by going to Carmel Valley (Garland Ranch Regional Park & Joullian Vineyards & Winery). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, and take in the views from Rocky Creek Bridge.

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Findon, UK to Big Sur is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Findon to Big Sur, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Findon in September, you will find days in Big Sur are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

St. Helena

— 4 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Step out of St. Helena to go to Napa and see Domaine Carneros, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Dedicate the 16th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, do a tasting at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus. When traveling from Big Sur in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 8 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Change things up with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Lone Star Geyser, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and get great views at Lookout Point.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from St. Helena to Yellowstone National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from St. Helena to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Napa Valley travel guide

Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.