17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Subway + Bus:  7​h 15​min
3
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Madrid

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.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard and El Pueblo de Los Angeles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Montana Avenue and Hammer Museumfor some retail therapy. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Two Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Farmers Market). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles vacation planning tool .

Madrid, Spain to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Los Angeles is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Madrid, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, 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

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.
On the 8th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail and then see the interesting displays at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pride Mountain Vineyards and Robert Mondavi Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen), Sonoma Barracks (in Sonoma) and Napa (The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, Domaine Carneros, & more). Dedicate the 12th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, get interesting insight from Tours, and indulge your taste buds at Mumm Napa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena journey builder .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, subway, and bus from Yosemite National Park to St. Helena takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Benziger Family Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ghirardelli Square. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Union Square, take a stroll through The Castro, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from St. Helena, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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

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