17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Marseille
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Marseille

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Nob Hill, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour planning app .

Marseille, France to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 3rd (Mon), learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at Far Niente Winery, learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery. On the next day, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena day trip planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

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

1
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. On the 5th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from St. Helena in June, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 7th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and trek along North Dome.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online tour planner .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Montana Avenue and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, shop like a local with Robertson Boulevard, stop by Amoeba Music, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Robertson Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Spanish Village Art Center and Africa and Beyond. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, and examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego route planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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