16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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Healdsburg
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Diego

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 1st (Sat): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, then pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego online journey planner.

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Boston to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Boston in October, with highs in San Diego at 78°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

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Los Angeles

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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Space Mountain). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Los Angeles using our trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and finally explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Congress Trail, then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, then stroll through Buena Vista Peak Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in October since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and stroll through Half Dome.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 12th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Tahoe Photographic Tours, awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, and then take an unforgettable tour with Tahoe Helicopters.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trip

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Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 13th (Thu), sample some tasty brews at Ace It Bike Tours, learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, learn about winemaking at Simi Winery, then do a tasting at Korbel Champagne Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Thumbprint Cellars, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Healdsburg online journey planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Healdsburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October; daily highs in Healdsburg reach 79°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Lombard Street. Keep things going the next day: walk around Golden Gate Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and finally take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Healdsburg in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.