17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + subway + bus:  4​h
4
Rutherford
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
End: San Francisco

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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Diego Air & Space Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, stroll through Mission Beach Park, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online day trip planner .

San Francisco to San Diego is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Avila Adobe will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and examine the collection at The Grammy Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rutherford.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
nights
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Explore Rutherford's surroundings by going to Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Sonoma (Mission San Francisco Solano & Sonoma Barracks). Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: stop by Oxbow Public Market and do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rutherford route planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Rutherford takes 4.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: high temperatures in Rutherford hover around 76°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Rutherford

Tours Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Napa, Sonoma, Robert Mondavi Winery, Vincent Arroyo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip site .

Drive from Rutherford to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Rutherford in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums 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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