17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Marquette
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Marquette

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Twin Peaks and Lincoln Park. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Chinatown, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, and do a tasting at Press Club.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary planning tool .

Marquette to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Marquette to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Marquette in March, expect San Francisco to be much warmer, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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. On the 28th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel sightseeing app .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, and then hike along Moro Rock. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Manzanar National Historic Site.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

3
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.
Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary maker tool .

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online vacation planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Embarcadero are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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