17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

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

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.
Do your shopping at Montana Avenue and Amoeba Music. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Getty Center. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Marseille, France to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Marseille to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Taft Point. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Cemetery. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

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

2
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. On the 7th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel itinerary builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Shop till you drop at Oxbow Public Market and Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery. Modus Operandi Cellars and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen (about 34 minutes away). Dedicate the 9th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena visit planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Glen Ellen, Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Union Square, stop by City Lights Booksellers, wander the streets of Union Street, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday planning app .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from St. Helena in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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