17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  5​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: San Antonio

3
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.
Attractions like San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove make great kid-friendly stops. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Marston House Museum. There's still lots to do: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Mission Beach Boardwalk.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego tour itinerary planner.

San Antonio to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to San Diego is minus 2 hours. When traveling from San Antonio in July, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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 Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route 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. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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