16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Timken Museum of Art. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. It doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary maker site .

Tampa to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in April; daily highs in San Diego reach 71°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Get some cultural insight at Griffith Observatory and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome. Spend the 5th (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
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 7th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Carmel road trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online travel planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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