16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Los Angeles
— 4 nights


San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and USS Pampanito will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, stroll through China Beach, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to San Francisco is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Riyadh to San Francisco. Traveling from Riyadh in October, things will get colder in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 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 · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

St. Helena

— 3 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Appreciate the collections at Mumm Napa and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Visiting Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Bodega Head will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, look for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate, and admire all the interesting features of Castello di Amorosa.

Before you visit St. Helena, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in St. Helena to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 4 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. You'll explore and learn at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Sentinel Dome, Half Dome, &more). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary website.

You can drive from St. Helena to Mammoth Lakes in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In October, Mammoth Lakes is slightly colder than St. Helena - with highs of 22°C and lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and take in the exciting artwork at Hammer Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles holiday planning website.

Fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.