17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Morro Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Fresno
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Safari West, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa. On your second day here, explore the fascinating landscape at Salt Point State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Gualala Point Regional Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Calistoga tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Calistoga are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are a bit cooler (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Gualala Point Regional Park, Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, Safari West, Salt Point State Park, Modus Operandi Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Salt Point State Park ©
Salt Point State Park
Honig Vineyard & Winery ©
Honig Vineyard & Winery

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. On the next day, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then hike along Point Lobos.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Calistoga to Monterey by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Calistoga in May, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 24th (Fri), kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and then learn about winemaking at Oso Libre.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Morro Bay online trip maker .

You can drive from Monterey to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Monterey in May, expect nights in Morro Bay to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Oso Libre
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, identify plant and animal life at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, and then admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Carpinteria, La Purisima State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Fresno.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Fresno

Fresno ©
On the 30th (Thu), examine the collection at Fossil Discovery Center and then take in the awesome beauty at Sierra National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): learn about all things military at Legion of Valor Museum, examine the collection at Discovery Center, and then get engrossed in the history at Hanford Carnegie Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fresno trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Fresno by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect nights in Fresno to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Fresno

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fossil Discovery Center, Sierra National Forest, Hanford Carnegie Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fossil Discovery Center ©
Fossil Discovery Center
Sierra National Forest ©
Sierra National Forest
Hanford Carnegie Museum ©
Hanford Carnegie Museum

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Manzanar National Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, then get to know the fascinating history of Cedar Grove Visitor Center, and finally hike along Big Stump Basin.

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Drive from Fresno to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

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