16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Geneva

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Golden Gate Bridge and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and examine the collection at San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-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 Geneva to San Francisco. When traveling from Geneva in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

few
hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey vacation planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (23°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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. To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planning site .

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will leave for Big Sur on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Big Sur itinerary builder site .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In June, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Coast Gallery Big Sur ©
Coast Gallery Big Sur

1
night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, and then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Barbara using our trip planner.

Getting from Big Sur to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Embarcadero. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 4th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and then wander the streets of Chinatown. Keep things going the next day: get curious at California Academy of Sciences and then take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 16°C in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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