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 Exploratorium make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, walk around Golden Gate Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. 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 · Museums · Historic Sites · 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 Tioga Pass make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to 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 Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Flightdeck Simulation Center). Next up on the itinerary: put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, catch a movie at California Science Center, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for much warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 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 National Monument. And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cabrillo Tide Pools.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough 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.