17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fortaleza
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
5
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Fortaleza

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

Plan my day in San Diego using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Fortaleza, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Fortaleza to San Diego due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Fortaleza, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Relax by the water at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Montana Avenue about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route builder app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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

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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 19th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in November, with highs in Carmel at 21°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Visiting Nature Center at Happy Isles and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 22°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or City Lights Booksellers. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Healdsburg in November since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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