16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey builder

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Relax by the water at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to San Francisco is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to San Francisco is minus 11 hours. In October, San Francisco is colder than Riyadh - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Visiting Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Bodega Head will get you outdoors. Step out of St. Helena to go to Napa and see The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Mumm Napa, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, stop by Woodhouse Chocolate, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 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 a bit warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°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 · Museums

Side Trips

Mammoth Lakes

— 4 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, Sentinel Dome, &more). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Postpile National Monument.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes day trip site.

Drive from St. Helena to Mammoth Lakes in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from St. Helena in October, with highs in Mammoth Lakes at 22°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. Head to Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and take in the exciting artwork at Craft Contemporary.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles sightseeing website.

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to 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.