17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  6​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online day trip planner .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are warmer (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Zoo, and other attractions. Take a break from the city and head to Douglas Family Preserve and Santa Ynez Valley.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip builder tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 41°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Ynez Valley
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate ©
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

1
night
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Morro Rock as well as Morro Bay National Estuary. On the 26th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel and then identify plant and animal life at Morro Bay National Estuary.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Morro Bay tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Morro Bay takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. December in Morro Bay sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Monarch Butterfly Grove, Mission San Miguel Arcangel
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel

1
day
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. To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in December since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey Bay Aquarium has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monterey holiday planner .

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In December, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. On the 31st (Mon), you're off toYosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trips

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like El Capitan and Sierra at Tahoe. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. It doesn't end there: stroll through Four Mile Trail and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Monterey in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 46°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 14°F. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Sierra at Tahoe
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and then explore the striking landscape at Eureka Dunes.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 38°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, Eureka Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery

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