17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Alexandria
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Alexandria

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego route builder tool .

Alexandria to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Alexandria to San Diego is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Alexandria, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Visit Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Los Angeles (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County & Griffith Observatory). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, look for gifts at UCLA Store, browse the different shops at The Grove, and get engrossed in the history at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: get curious at California Science Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum
California Science Center ©
California Science Center

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie State Historic Park. Take a break from the city and head to North Dome and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
North Dome ©
North Dome

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers are in your itinerary. Step out of San Francisco to go to Moss Beach and see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through SoMa, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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