16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning website.

Detroit to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Traveling from Detroit to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Detroit in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and get interesting insight from YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). Pack the 15th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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 18th (Fri), step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.