17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in October, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Healdsburg

— 2 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally do a tasting at Inglenook.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Healdsburg online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Healdsburg hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 4 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Yosemite Village, Glacier Point, &more).

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Mammoth Lakes in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Healdsburg in October, expect Mammoth Lakes to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

Make your Los Angeles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

California travel guide

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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.