17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Sonoma
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, get great views at Twin Peaks, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip app .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, & more). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa, and look for gifts at Oakville Grocery.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 79°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sonoma.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Rutherford, Healdsburg, Oakville, Calistoga, Domaine Chandon
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

2
nights
Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
On the 26th (Sat), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, then admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sonoma trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from St. Helena to Sonoma in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Napa, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Bodie State Historic Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner .

Getting from Sonoma to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sonoma in October, expect Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

Make your Los Angeles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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