17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive
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Glen Ellen
— 1 night
Drive
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Napa
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route maker app.

Bristol, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Santa Rosa

— 1 night

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Rosa planning website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Rosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Rosa, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Glen Ellen.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Glen Ellen

— 1 night
Glen Ellen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Jack London State Historic Park, do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and finally stroll through Sonoma Plaza.

To see more things to do and tourist information, go to the Glen Ellen road trip planning website.

Glen Ellen is very close to Santa Rosa. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Glen Ellen

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

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 3rd (Sat): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Napa online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Glen Ellen to Napa takes an hour. August in Napa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Tours · Wineries
Highlights from your trip

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

You can drive from Napa to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip tool.

Drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in Santa Barbara are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 6th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Anaheim are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

Newport Beach

— 1 night
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Victoria Beach, put a fun spin on your tour with ClueHoo, then walk around Crescent Bay Point Park, and finally kick back and relax at Marina Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Newport Beach trip itinerary planning tool.

Newport Beach is just a short distance from Anaheim. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in August: highs in Newport Beach hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
On the 11th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego.

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Drive from Newport Beach to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.