17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego

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.
Get some historical perspective at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and Marston House Museum. Attractions like La Jolla Cove and USS Midway Museum make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Mission Beach Boardwalk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

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San Antonio to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Antonio to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Antonio in July, plan for cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

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Los Angeles

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.
Get some cultural insight at Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Pack the 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary app.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up 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 · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mariposa Grove and Taft Point. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Fort Funston National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.