17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Healdsburg
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and stroll through Children's Pool.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip site.

Houston to San Diego is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
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

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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. On the 25th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip tool.

You can fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, Carmel is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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 30th (Sun): do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Bell Wine Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Healdsburg when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery

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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 Badger Pass Ski Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at North Dome, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Healdsburg to Yosemite National Park in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 14°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk for some beach relaxation. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation planning website.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 12 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 70°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

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