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
Drive:  2​h
2
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  25​h
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.
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then make a trip to Montana Avenue, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner.

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. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. When traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Indian Canyons Hiking Trails and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, then take in breathtaking views at Palm Canyon, and finally look for gifts at Brandini Toffee.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Palm Springs road trip app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, things will get a bit warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 39°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Climbing Tours
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs ©
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs
Climbing Tours

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria travel planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Cambria by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Palm Springs in May; daily highs in Cambria reach 32°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 31st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mendocino Coast, and finally stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, then learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards, and then admire the verdant scenery at Anderson Valley.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Fort Bragg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. May in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Philo, Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards

3
nights
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. Head to Ocean Avenue and Coast Gallery Big Surfor plenty of shopping. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Fort Bragg to Carmel by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): wander the streets of Union Square, shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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 7th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then get great views at Valley View, then stroll through Four Mile Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, browse the exhibits of Ansel Adams Gallery, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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