17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

2
nights
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail, then explore the fascinating landscape at Yaqui Well, and then take in the exciting artwork at Borrego Art Institute.

Make your Borrego Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

London, UK to Borrego Springs is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Borrego Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in December, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Borrego Springs: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Galleta Meadows ©
Galleta Meadows
Borrego Art Institute ©
Borrego Art Institute

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Death Valley National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Borrego Springs to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, Death Valley National Park is little chillier than Borrego Springs - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Visiting Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. On the 22nd (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pothole Dome and get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

1
night
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 23rd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then learn about winemaking at Ancient Peaks Winery.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in San Simeon reach 20°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Ancient Peaks Winery, Morro Rock, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, stop by The Cheese Shop, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in December since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and catch a ride on Cable Cars.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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