17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Detroit

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort Point and Grace Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natural Bridges State Beach and Asian Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton), Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve (in Santa Cruz) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's much more to do: walk around Crissy Field, hike along Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, wander the streets of Japantown, and shop like a local with Haight-Ashbury.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Detroit to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Gaylor Lake. Get in touch with nature at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Hathaway Pines to see Stanislaus National Forest about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls, stroll through Panorama Trail, and hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are cooler (28°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Stanislaus National Forest
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Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Little Tokyo and GRAMMY Museum. Relax by the water at Seal Beach and Corona Del Mar State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Laguna Beach (Victoria Beach & ClueHoo), Room Escape Games (in Anaheim) and Sherman Library & Gardens (in Corona del Mar). There's much more to do: examine the collection at America Tropical Interpretive Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, look for gifts at The Last Bookstore, and take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

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. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Room Escape Games, Seal Beach
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Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Corona Del Mar State Beach ©
Corona Del Mar State Beach
Sherman Library & Gardens ©
Sherman Library & Gardens

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swami's Beach and AxeVentures. Get in touch with nature at Dog Beach and Moonlight State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Batiquitos Lagoon (in Carlsbad). The adventure continues: stroll through Ocean Beach Dog Beach, look for gifts at Handcrafted, stroll around Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, and kick back and relax at Torrey Pines State Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego day trip tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Del Mar, Encinitas, Handcrafted, Batiquitos Lagoon
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Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach
Swami's Beach ©
Swami's Beach
Torrey Pines State Beach ©
Torrey Pines State Beach

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