16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
3
Monterey
— Few hours
4
Carmel
— 1 night
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
7
San Diego
— 4 nights
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate SS Jeremiah O'Brien and San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary website.

Geneva, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Geneva to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Geneva in June, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites 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), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, thenadmire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally get great views at Washburn Point. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, thenexplore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

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Fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are a bit cooler (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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hours
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 27th (Thu), cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey online travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around °C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stop by The Cheese Shop and then admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carmel sightseeing planning tool.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 28th (Fri), shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Big Sur are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, make a trip to State Street Underpass, and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

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

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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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Lions, Tigers & Bears will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Embarcadero, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can 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 ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 4th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, thenexamine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and then visit Chinatown. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences and then get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip app.

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, San Francisco is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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