16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Riyadh

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 get to explore Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Union Square. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at USS Pampanito, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to San Francisco is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get outdoors at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Bodega Head. Head to Mumm Napa and Woodhouse Chocolatefor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum in Napa (about 36 minutes away). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the St. Helena tour itinerary site .

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, Bodega Head, Mumm Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take some stellar pictures from Half Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes online travel route planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Helena to Mammoth Lakes takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from St. Helena in October: high temperatures in Mammoth Lakes hover around 22°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Hammer Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and take in the exciting artwork at Craft Contemporary.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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