17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Milan

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chinatown as well as Asian Art Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Union Square and Alcatraz Island. Step out of the city life by going to Fort Funston National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planning tool .

Milan, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Milan to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in July, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Harbor and then explore the galleries of Tallac Historic Site.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

2
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.
On the 20th (Sat), make a trip to Olmsted Point, then hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: trek along Panorama Trail, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then cruise along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns, then don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park route app .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

5
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.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue, Third Street Promenade, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the different shops at The Grove, get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive, and admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, Los Angeles is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. On the 30th (Tue), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
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.
You've now added Shark Diving to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning website .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Shark Diving

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