17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
2
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
End: San Francisco

9
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Venice Canals Walkway. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Dana Point, approximately 1h 25 min away. Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Greystone Mansion and Park, then wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ocean Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): cruise along Mulholland Drive, see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica vacation planning website .

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for little chillier days in Santa Monica, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Zuma Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall and then play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then cruise along Tioga Pass, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park holiday builder .

Drive from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Monica in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Golf
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

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