17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Buenos Aires

2
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenue. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at The Grove, browse the eclectic array of goods at Flower Market, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Buenos Aires, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. There's lots more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through Panorama Trail, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Dunes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Ghirardelli Square, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at artifacts gallery and Fiona Bleu Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Hearst Castle and Harmony Pottery Works. Change things up with a short trip to Pacific Valley Bluff Trail in Big Sur (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cambria trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from San Francisco to Cambria in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are much hotter, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Fiona Bleu Gallery, Harmony Pottery Works, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monterey Bay and Carmel Art Association. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos. There's much more to do: stroll through Carmel River State Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Weston Gallery, go for a walk through The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, and get a taste of the local shopping with Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in June, you will find days in Carmel are colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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