17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

6
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Attractions like La Jolla Cove and SeaWorld San Diego make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, have fun at Balboa Park, get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planner .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

4
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 enjoy Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at The Grove, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
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. On the 9th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get slightly colder in Carmel: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Baker Beach. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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