17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 3 nights
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights

3
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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 outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Attractions like San Diego Zoo and Black's Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, stroll through Mission Beach Park, and see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation maker.

Ottawa, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 11-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ottawa to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Moro Rock Trail, cruise along Generals Hwy, and then trek along General Grant Tree Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

4
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 outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Family-friendly places like Sentinel Dome and Nature Center at Happy Isles will thrill your kids. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are much colder (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Fort Funston National Park. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Exploratorium, kick back and relax at China Beach, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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