17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

2
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.
On the 4th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary tool .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Diego is minus 8 hours. While traveling from London, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Yosemite Village, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, make a trip to Valley View, then hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in February, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 10°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Curry Village Ice Rink ©
Curry Village Ice Rink

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, glide through natural beauty at Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters, then ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country, and finally steep yourself in history at Old Truckee Jail Museum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Truckee road trip site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Truckee in 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Truckee are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Tahoe Cross Country
Highlights from your plan
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge ©
Old Truckee Jail Museum ©
Old Truckee Jail Museum

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jobs Peak, and then fly down the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Adventure Mountain, indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Lake Brewing Co, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally get your game on at Magic Carpet Golf.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
St Theresa Catholic Church ©
St Theresa Catholic Church

1
night
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read St. Helena online visit planner .

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in February, expect St. Helena to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
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, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, wander the streets of SoMa, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in February, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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