17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
End: San Francisco

1
day
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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): shop like a local with Carmel Art Association and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation maker website .

San Francisco to Carmel is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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 in touch with nature at North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 17th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel tool .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are colder (28°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
North Dome ©
North Dome

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are much warmer (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Norton Simon Museum, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Diego holiday builder website .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena trip planning app .

You can fly from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in April, plan for slightly colder nights in St. Helena, with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco planning app .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from St. Helena in April since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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