17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Glen Ellen
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
8
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 30​min
End: Bristol


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3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco tour app .

Bristol, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) 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
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

1
night
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
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.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Patrick Amiot, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Rosa attractions planner.

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. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Rosa: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Glen Ellen.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Patrick Amiot
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Safari West ©
Safari West
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery

1
night
Glen Ellen

Glen Ellen ©
Glen Ellen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Jack London State Historic Park, do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, then take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and finally stroll around Sonoma Plaza.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Glen Ellen tour planner .

Glen Ellen is just a short distance from Santa Rosa. In August, daytime highs in Glen Ellen are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Glen Ellen

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Sonoma
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Mission San Francisco Solano ©
Mission San Francisco Solano

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Napa travel planner.

Getting from Glen Ellen to Napa by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Napa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 4th (Sun), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monterey itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Napa to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Napa in August: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

1
night
Santa Barbara

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.
On the 5th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in August: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles attractions website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To plan Anaheim vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

1
night
Newport Beach

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

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport Beach trip planner .

Newport Beach is very close to Anaheim. When traveling from Anaheim in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Newport Beach: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Parks Beaches Fun & Games

Side Trip

Laguna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Crescent Bay Point Park ©
Crescent Bay Point Park
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach

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.
On the 11th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego trip builder tool .

Getting from Newport Beach to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a 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) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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