17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 California State Railroad Museum and Exploratorium. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Mecanique and de Young Museum. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco journey planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

California State Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

2
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and finally see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Napa holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Napa are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Santa Rosa, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Safari West ©
Safari West

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Napa to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in July, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Norton Simon Museum, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Wende Museum of the Cold War
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Children's Pool. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego vacation planning app .

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 July, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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