16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Calistoga
— 1 night
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Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in March: highs in Los Angeles hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Santa Barbara route maker site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

San Diego

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego road trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, hike along Partington Cove, then take in the views from Big Creek Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of New Camaldoli Hermitage.

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Traveling by flight from San Diego to Big Sur takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in March, with highs in Big Sur at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In March in Monterey, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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: hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (13°C), and nights are colder (-5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, get great views at Twin Peaks, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are much hotter (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Calistoga

— 1 night
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): do a tasting at Alexander Valley Vineyards, examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Calistoga travel planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Calistoga when traveling from San Francisco in March, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.