16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

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Anaheim
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Bridgeport
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Downtown Disney District, discover the magic at Disneyland Park, and then experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church and then discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim trip planning tool.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Anaheim is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Florianopolis to Anaheim due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Florianopolis in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and finally stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, then trek along General Grant Tree Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip builder.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): make a trip to Book Passage, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then examine the collection at de Young Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tioga Pass and El Capitan. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Four Mile Trail, trek along Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bridgeport

— 1 night
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): walk around Mono Lake County Park, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie State Historic Park, and then contemplate the geological forces at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bridgeport holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport. In October, daytime highs in Bridgeport are 22°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains, get great views at Dante's View, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

Planning Death Valley National Park trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bridgeport to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Bridgeport in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.