17 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area & San Diego Itinerary

17 days in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area & San Diego Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney District, &more). Pack the 16th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel route planner.

Miami to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Miami in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

Healdsburg

— 2 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars and then do a tasting at Alexander Valley Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Williamson Wines Tasting Room and then learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Healdsburg planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Healdsburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect Healdsburg to be little chillier, temps between 60°F and 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries

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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, walk around Golden Gate Park, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 25th (Tue), take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, stroll around La Jolla Cove, and hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Carmel in January, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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