17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
San Diego
— 4 nights


San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker app.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Vernal Fall make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Lembert Dome, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Flightdeck Simulation Center, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, get your game on at Virtual Room Los Angeles, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, Los Angeles is warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SeaWorld San Diego and Cabrillo Tide Pools. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

California travel guide

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.