16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
Drive
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Salinas
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Exeter
— 2 nights
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Irvine
— 7 nights

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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, Cable Car Museum and Basically Free Bike Rentals. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and then make a trip to Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and then take a spin around town with Basically Free Bike Rentals.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sat) before leaving for Santa Cruz.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then explore the world behind art at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Salinas.
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Theme Parks · Museums

Salinas — 2 nights

Salinas is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Whale Watch, 17-Mile Drive and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Salinas trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Salinas takes an hour. July in Salinas sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.
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Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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've now added Yosemite Village to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

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Explore your travel options from Salinas to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Salinas in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Exeter.
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Nature · Parks

Exeter — 2 nights

Exeter is a city in Tulare County, California, United States. You've now added Big Trees Trail to your itinerary. On the 13th (Wed), trek along Big Trees Trail and then make a trip to Tunnel Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): stroll through Project Survival's Cat Haven, then stroll through Trail of 100 Giants, then explore the activities along Lake Success, and finally make a trip to Exeter Murals.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Exeter trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Exeter. In July, Exeter is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 43°C and lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Irvine.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips

Irvine — 7 nights

Irvine is a city in Orange County, California, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Vans Skatepark. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Irvine: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Long Beach (The Queen Mary & Aquarium of the Pacific). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Heisler Park, take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier, appreciate the history behind Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial, and grab your bike and head to William R. Mason Regional Park.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Irvine trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Exeter to Irvine in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Exeter in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Irvine: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 22°C at night.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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