16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​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
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Milan

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.
On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Milan, Italy to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Milan to San Diego. Traveling from Milan in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

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

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. For shopping fun, head to Amoeba Music or Hollywood & Highland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Los Angeles (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County & Griffith Observatory). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, contemplate the long history of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica vacation maker app .

Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Santa Monica in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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 10th (Mon): stop by The Cheese Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Carmel trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit China Beach and Fort Funston National Park for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Union Square, look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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