17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Attractions like San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego itinerary app .

Ottawa, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ottawa in August since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive 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 ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

3
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles 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 August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

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): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, admire all the interesting features of 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 stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park 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, bus, and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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

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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.
Kids will enjoy Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker .

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive 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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, cast your line with a fishing tour, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online tour builder .

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 a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish 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
Fishing Charters & Tours

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