17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Medellin
Fly:  10​h 45​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:  1​h 45​min
4
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Medellin

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

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Medellin, Colombia to Los Angeles is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Time (COT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In August in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

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Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) 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
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker 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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Safari West ©
Safari West

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 10th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum, examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sacramento holiday site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Sacramento hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 11th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon visit website .

Drive from Sacramento to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sacramento in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 13th (Tue), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and then stroll through Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip builder .

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Big Sur to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in August, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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