17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Big Bear Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + train + bus:  7​h
6
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. On the 26th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge and then stroll through Snow Summit. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boulder Bay Park and then fly down the slopes at Big Bear Lake.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Big Bear Lake vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Big Bear Lake takes 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Big Bear Lake to be much colder, temps between 46°F and 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Bear Region
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Snow Summit ©
Snow Summit
Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake
Boulder Bay Park ©
Boulder Bay Park

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally learn about winemaking at Joyce Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then make a trip to The Shakespeare Society of America, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Big Bear Lake to Big Sur in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Big Bear Lake, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Moss Landing, Joyce Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and take a memorable ride with Cable Cars.

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Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (44°F), and nights are colder (13°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then cruise along Mendocino Coast, and finally take in the views from Albion River Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Cabrillo Light Station.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 37°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

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