17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Montreal

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then don't miss a visit to Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online holiday planner .

Montreal, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Montreal in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Alcatraz Island. Your inner history buff will appreciate City Lights Booksellers and Fort Point. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of SoMa, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, do a tasting at Far Niente Winery, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip maker app .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Oakville, Healdsburg, Inglenook, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Helena to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Helena in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (29°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue, Third Street Promenade, & more). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, examine the collection at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip website .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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