16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Milan
+5
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Bus:  8​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
3
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Milan

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): go deep underground at Eureka Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planning tool .

Milan, Italy to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Milan to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Milan - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get great views at Tunnel View, then make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

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You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
On the 18th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paso Robles travel route planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Paso Robles in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect Paso Robles to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Moonstone Beach, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
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 20th (Thu): stop by The Cheese Shop, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Breakwater
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Seaside Beach, do a tasting at Pacific Star Winery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Big River, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fort Bragg day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Fort Bragg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

2
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Goat Rock Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and then learn about winemaking at Selby Winery.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Healdsburg in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Healdsburg can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Get in touch with nature at China Beach and Twin Peaks. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of North Beach, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route website .

Drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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