17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Step out of San Francisco to go to Napa and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour website .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in June, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

5
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, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Big Sur are little chillier (68°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles vacation builder .

You can fly from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 79°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
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 2nd (Thu), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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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