17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Windsor
Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  7​h 15​min
End: Windsor

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Legion of Honor. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip tool .

Windsor, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Windsor to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Windsor in April, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square

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.
Let the collections at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery capture your imagination. Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Parsons Memorial, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
North Dome ©
North Dome

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. The adventure continues: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, look for gifts at Catalina Offshore Products, get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in April, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

6
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.
Do your shopping at Hammer Museum and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Two Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and listen to music at Melrose Trading Post.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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