16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  16​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Porto

1
night
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.
To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego sightseeing app .

Porto, Portugal to San Diego is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Porto in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Annenberg Space for Photography. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive, and take in the exciting artwork at Hammer Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles attractions tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
On the 11th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then stroll through Four Mile Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

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

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect much colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll through Meeks Bay Beach, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at Far Niente Winery, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in St. Helena, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Oakville, Napa
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and City Lights Booksellers. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To plan San Francisco vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from St. Helena to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from St. Helena in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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