17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner
Make it your trip
— 1 day
— 2 nights
Santa Rosa
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
— 1 night
San Diego
— 3 nights


Napa — 1 day

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 15th (Sun), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Napa trip planner.

Newark to Napa is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, Napa is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kenwood.
Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Kenwood — 2 nights

Kenwood, California is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States, located on Sonoma Highway (State Route 12) between the cities of Santa Rosa and Sonoma. On the 16th (Mon), do a tasting at VJB Cellars, then do a tasting at Deerfield Ranch Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Wellington Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Glen Ellen Village Market, admire all the interesting features of Jack London State Historic Park, and then indulge your taste buds at Boutique Wine Tours.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kenwood driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Napa to Kenwood in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Kenwood sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Rosa.
Wineries · Trails · Parks · Shopping
Side Trip

Santa Rosa — 1 night

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.
On the 18th (Wed), do a tasting at Dutton Goldfield Winery, then examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Rosa vacation planning app.

Santa Rosa is just a short distance from Kenwood. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Rosa can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Wineries
Side Trip

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at de Young Museum, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Rosa in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

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, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Wapama Falls, admire the engineering at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, trek along Mariposa Grove, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pohono Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online tour planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.
Theme Parks · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips

Anaheim — 1 night

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Anaheim in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.
Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Diego — 3 nights

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 29th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and then walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Keep things going the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park and then pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Anaheim, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 61°F. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Sonoma County travel guide

Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.