17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

3
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 outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip app .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles. Traveling from Buenos Aires in June, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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 outdoors at Glacier Point and Taft Point. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and The Embarcadero. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Musee Mecanique. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. There's lots more to do: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego holiday maker site .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in June, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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