16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
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 1st (Sat): wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll through Golden Gate Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in San Francisco at 27°C and lows at 16°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Olmsted Point, then cruise along Tioga Pass, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point and then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monterey tour planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 6th (Thu), shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Big Sur sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

1
night
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 8th (Sat), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, then go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in September since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Have a day of magic on the 10th (Mon) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 11th (Tue) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's more to do: make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney and admire all the interesting features of Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, you will find days in Anaheim are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

2
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.
On the 13th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip generator.

Getting from Anaheim to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in September, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park ©
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

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