16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Porto

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco journey planner.

Porto, Portugal to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, hike along Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 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 August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey online trip builder .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, get great views at Dante's View, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park visit planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from San Simeon in August, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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