17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
3
Carmel
— 1 night
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get in touch with nature at McGurk Meadow and Fishing Charters & Tours. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and explore the striking landscape at North Dome.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, visit Chinatown, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carmel are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery ©

3
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker.

Fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Montana Avenue and Annenberg Space for Photography. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive, take in the exciting artwork at Hammer Museum, listen to music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Museums

Side Trips

Two Rodeo Drive, Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Two Rodeo Drive ©
Two Rodeo Drive

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