17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Guayaquil
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Santa Ynez
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Big Bear Lake
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Guayaquil

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lombard Street, Full House House, Ghirardelli Square, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Lion Center.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online tour builder .

Guayaquil, Ecuador to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Guayaquil to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Guayaquil in February, things will get much colder in San Francisco: highs are around 19°C and lows about 10°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Theme Parks

Side Trips

Battery Spencer, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Sea Lion Center ©
Sea Lion Center
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carmel Plaza, Del Monte Shopping Center and Monterey Bay Aquarium. On the 12th (Tue), meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then look for gifts at Del Monte Shopping Center.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Santa Ynez.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Del Monte Shopping Center ©
Del Monte Shopping Center

2
nights
Santa Ynez

Santa Ynez ©
Santa Ynez is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.The town of Santa Ynez is one of the communities of the Santa Ynez Valley. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Solvang Antiques, Sun Buggy & ATV Fun Rentals - Pismo Beach and Stearns Wharf.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Ynez trip builder site .

Getting from Carmel to Santa Ynez by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Santa Ynez, with lows around 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Ynez

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trips

Stearns Wharf, Sun Buggy & ATV Fun Rentals - Pismo Beach, Solvang Antiques
Highlights from your plan
Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Malibu Pier, The Outlets at Orange and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Family-friendly places like Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach and Boardwalk will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Ynez to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Ynez in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 12°C. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Big Bear Lake.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Outlets at Orange, Malibu Pier, Santa Monica Pier, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. Bear Mountain has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Big Bear Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Snow Summit.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Big Bear Lake trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Big Bear Lake in 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in February; daily highs in Big Bear Lake reach 10°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Big Bear Region
Highlights from your plan
Snow Summit ©
Snow Summit
Bear Mountain ©
Bear Mountain
Big Bear Lake ©
Big Bear Lake

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disney California Adventure Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Anaheim trip planner .

Getting from Big Bear Lake to Anaheim by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Big Bear Lake in February, things will get much hotter in Anaheim: highs are around 26°C and lows about 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Anaheim

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

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