17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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 outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Parasailing & Paragliding. Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and stroll through Children's Pool.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego online holiday planner.

Merida, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Merida to San Diego due to the time zone difference. In July, San Diego is a bit cooler than Merida - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Pack the 27th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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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 Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Merced River.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect much colder with lows of 9°C in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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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 1st (Thu), kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carmel travel tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

5
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Fort Funston National Park. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.