17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Long Beach
— 2 nights
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Pacific Grove
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
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Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and finally find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip builder tool.

Montreal, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to Los Angeles. In July, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Long Beach

— 2 nights

Aquatic Capital of America

Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
On the 20th (Mon), stroll through Huntington Dog Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at The Queen Mary, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of the Pacific, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Long Beach trip maker.

Long Beach is very close to Los Angeles. In July, daytime highs in Long Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Anaheim holiday maker website.

Drive from Long Beach to Anaheim in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of tram and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

San Diego

— 2 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 USS Midway Museum. There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Pacific Grove.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Pacific Grove

— 2 nights
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pacific Grove attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Pacific Grove takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in July; daily highs in Pacific Grove reach 24°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Pacific Grove

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip website.

Drive from Pacific Grove to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): hike along Mariposa Grove and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

California travel guide

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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.