17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Zurich
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Zurich

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Montana Avenue and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Two Rodeo Drive and The Grove. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Pride Mountain Vineyards. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, and admire the landmark architecture of Domaine Chandon.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena journey tool.

Fly from Los Angeles to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in St. Helena, with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sonoma.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Calistoga, Domaine Chandon, Mumm Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
VGS Chateau Potelle ©
VGS Chateau Potelle
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

2
nights
Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
On the 13th (Sun), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then appreciate the views at Sonoma Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Judd's Hill MicroCrush, thenstop by Oxbow Public Market, thenlearn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, and finally stroll around Sonoma Plaza.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sonoma road trip planner.

Drive from St. Helena to Sonoma in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Sonoma are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trip

Napa
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Civic Center. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Union Square, visit The Embarcadero, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fillmore Street.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sonoma to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from Sonoma, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, make a trip to Washburn Point, and get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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