16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Luxembourg City
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Luxembourg City

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stop by Amoeba Music. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker site .

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Luxembourg City to Los Angeles. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Luxembourg City - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Spanish Village Art Center and Africa and Beyond. The adventure continues: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego sightseeing app .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach, stroll through Meeks Bay Beach, then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach, and then stroll through El Dorado Beach.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to South Lake Tahoe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, plan for much colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Half Dome and Sentinel Dome. Shop till you drop at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carmel 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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Carmel to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Step out of the city life by going to Marshall’s Beach and Twin Peaks. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning tool .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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