16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly + Drive:  22​h
1
Watsonville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Watsonville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
5
Watsonville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
7
Watsonville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
Berkeley
— Few hours
Subway:  30​min
10
Oakland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
11
Watsonville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Sacramento
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
13
Watsonville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
15
Watsonville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
16
Carmel
— Few hours
Bus:  30​min
17
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
18
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
19
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Athens

3
nights
Watsonville

Watsonville ©
Watsonville is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. Get in touch with nature at Seacliff State Beach and Santa Cruz Harbor Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Watsonville holiday website .

Athens, Greece to Watsonville is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Athens to Watsonville. Traveling from Athens in August, expect nights in Watsonville to be colder, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Watsonville

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Seacliff State Beach, Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seacliff State Beach ©
Seacliff State Beach

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes San Francisco City Hall, Nob Hill, Civic Center, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): wander the streets of The Embarcadero, wander the streets of Little Italy, wander the streets of Chinatown, take a stroll through Union Square, then make a trip to Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, and finally get into the urban bustle at Civic Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco planning website .

You can drive from Watsonville to San Francisco in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Watsonville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Union Square ©
Union Square
Chinatown ©
Chinatown
The Embarcadero ©
The Embarcadero

1
night
Watsonville

Watsonville
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Watsonville trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Watsonville by car takes about 2 hours. On the 19th (Wed), you're off toSan Francisco.

Things to do in Watsonville

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
You've added Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower, Filbert Street Stairs, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 19th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Watsonville to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Watsonville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Filbert Street Stairs ©
Filbert Street Stairs

1
night
Watsonville

Watsonville
For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Watsonville trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Watsonville takes 2 hours. On the 20th (Thu), you're off toSan Francisco.

Things to do in Watsonville

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate Park, Lands End and Golden Gate Bridge. On the 20th (Thu), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then walk around Golden Gate Park, and then trek along Lands End.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online vacation maker .

Drive from Watsonville to San Francisco in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Watsonville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

1
night
Watsonville

Watsonville
To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Watsonville trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Watsonville by car takes about 2 hours. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Watsonville

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Watsonville to San Jose in an hour. Traveling from Watsonville in August, expect nights in San Jose to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. You'll set off for Berkeley on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Museums

few
hours
Berkeley

Berkeley ©
Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. On the 21st (Fri), stroll around Indian Rock Park and then view the masterpieces at Moraga Art Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Berkeley trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Berkeley takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from San Jose, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Berkeley, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to take a subway to Oakland.

Things to do in Berkeley

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Moraga Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Indian Rock Park ©
Indian Rock Park
Moraga Art Gallery ©
Moraga Art Gallery

few
hours
Oakland

Oakland ©
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Tilden Nature Area.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Oakland online trip itinerary builder .

Oakland is very close to Berkeley. In August, daily temperatures in Oakland can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Watsonville.

Things to do in Oakland

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tilden Nature Area ©
Tilden Nature Area

1
night
Watsonville

Watsonville
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Watsonville trip tool .

Drive from Oakland to Watsonville in 2 hours. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Watsonville

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, then learn about winemaking at The Undergound Tasting Room, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of California State Capitol Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sacramento trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Watsonville to Sacramento by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Watsonville in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Watsonville.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

1
night
Watsonville

Watsonville
For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Watsonville road trip planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to Watsonville in 3 hours. Traveling from Sacramento in August, expect nights in Watsonville to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 27°C. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 23rd (Sun).

Things to do in Watsonville

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Watsonville to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Watsonville in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Watsonville.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

1
night
Watsonville

Watsonville
To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Watsonville route builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Watsonville. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Watsonville hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You will leave for Carmel on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Watsonville

Outdoors Parks Tours

few
hours
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 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission.

Plan my day in Carmel using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Watsonville to Carmel takes an hour. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur road trip planning site .

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. In August, daytime highs in Big Sur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon road trip site .

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 40°C. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): engage your brain at California Science Center, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Broad.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
California Science Center ©
California Science Center
The Broad ©
The Broad
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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