16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Calistoga
— 1 night
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Truckee
— 1 night
Drive
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Wawona
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 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, walk around Golden Gate Park, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website.

Cleveland to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
On the 4th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful Geyser of California, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Montelena.

Before you visit Calistoga, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Francisco to Calistoga by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Calistoga, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Truckee online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Calistoga to Truckee in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Calistoga in May, with highs in Truckee at 62°F and lows at 31°F. You will leave for Wawona on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Wawona

— 1 night
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. On the 5th (Tue), hike along Mariposa Grove, get great views at Washburn Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wawona online travel planner.

Drive from Truckee to Wawona in 5.5 hours. In May, Wawona is warmer than Truckee - with highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wawona to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. In May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Partington Cove, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then take in the views from Big Creek Bridge.

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Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara journey maker website.

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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 12th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then walk around Balboa Park. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

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.

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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.

Yosemite National Park travel guide

4.6
World heritage site · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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. There isn't just one icon by which the park defines itself; visitors divide their attention between the smooth, round, and colossal face of Half Dome, the sheer cliff of El Capitan, the striking Upper Yosemite Falls, the mighty Vernal Falls, and the widely stretched Yosemite Valley. This landscape draws outdoor enthusiasts with its array of hiking trails, rock-climbing routes, and fishing rivers and streams. Casual visitors feel at home here too, thanks to the handful of paved roads that provide easy vehicle access to numerous vista points and trailheads. Yosemite sees 3.7 million visitors per year on average, but 95 percent of the park is wilderness that offers the opportunity to glimpse black bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions.