17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus:  5 h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  2 h 15 min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
End: New York City

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, get great views at Twin Peaks, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary site.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, train, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
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 Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along May Lake Trailhead, stroll through Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Monterey are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center and then stroll through Will Rogers State Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Monterey in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and admire the striking features of Marston House Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 64°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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