17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
4
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online driving holiday planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Buenos Aires in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Palm Springs

— 1 night
On the 27th (Mon), hike along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, then explore the fascinating landscape at Palm Canyon, and finally stop by Brandini Toffee.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs tour itinerary site.

Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect Palm Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Cambria

— 1 night
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). Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Artifacts Gallery, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, then take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Cambria in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, things will get a bit cooler in Cambria: highs are around 32°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fort Bragg

— 2 nights
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stroll around Noyo Headlands Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then cruise along Mendocino Coast, and finally stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): 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 more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Fort Bragg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus. In May, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur & Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). It doesn't end there: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planning tool.

Drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect 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) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): wander the streets of Union Square, then look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and finally contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then stroll through Four Mile Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park visit planning site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.