17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Relax by the water at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Baker Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, take a stroll through Union Square, and take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from San Juan to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Juan in April, things will get much colder in San Francisco: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then make a trip to Cannery Row.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In April in Carmel, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Step out of San Diego to go to Oceanside and see Oceanside Pier, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum, and see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego route planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in April, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and finally stop by The Last Bookstore.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder site .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Shop till you drop at Bergamot Station and Montana Avenue. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Mountains. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, make a trip to Two Rodeo, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica online tour planner .

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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