17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): trek along Scenic Road Walkway, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey online trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Monterey is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Monterey. July in Monterey sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

2
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 5th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and then trek along Lands End. On your second day here, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Get in touch with nature at Vernal Fall and Sentinel Dome. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lembert Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and hike along Four Mile Trail.

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Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Los Angeles

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.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Battleship USS Iowa Museum and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Newport Beach (in Newport Beach) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). The adventure continues: get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at The Getty Center, get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in Los Angeles. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Casa del Herrero. Visit Oxnard Beach Park and East Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc), Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang) and Serra Cross Park (in Ventura). There's lots more to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, kick back and relax at Carpinteria State Beach, and walk around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.