16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Mammoth Lakes

— 4 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, &more).

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Mammoth Lakes, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Nature

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

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.