17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 4th (Mon), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. The adventure continues: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, get great views at Valley View, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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Moscow, Russia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Moscow to Yosemite National Park. While traveling from Moscow, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 8th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

San Diego

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego road trip planning site.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · 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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 13th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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.