17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Copenhagen

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at China Beach and Baker Beach. Kids will enjoy Point Isabel and Exploratorium. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco attractions planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and subway. Traveling from Copenhagen to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Copenhagen - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Point Isabel
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel itinerary tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Attractions like La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. You'll get in some beach time at Mission Beach Park and Children's Pool. Pack the 26th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in September, with highs in San Diego at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

5
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 Santa Monica Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, about 40 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with Guitar Center, and see the interesting displays at Travel Town Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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