16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. On the next day, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read San Diego tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in San Diego at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Head to Amoeba Music and Hollywood & Highlandfor some retail therapy. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Los Angeles (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County & Griffith Observatory). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica route planner.

You can 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 March in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 ©
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.
Visiting Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Museum Gallery will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport (about 1h 05 min away). Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, get great views at Tunnel View, and tee off at Big Trees Golf Course.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Monica in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (13°C), and nights are colder (-5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). There's much more to do: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 21°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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