16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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. On the 15th (Wed), admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

Fly from Los Angeles to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 21°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, 17-Mile Drive
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Wildlife Parks
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Parsons Memorial and Ansel Adams Gallery. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Diego takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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