16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

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

Toronto, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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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.
On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, then stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then stroll through Kiva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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St. Helena

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Oakville Grocery, do a tasting at Inglenook, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, and finally savor the flavors at Mumm Napa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena route maker tool.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in St. Helena, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, visit The Embarcadero, take a stroll through SoMa, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from St. Helena, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

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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. On the 21st (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Los Angeles

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

Make your Los Angeles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

3
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San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Children's Pool, then enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

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

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

California travel guide

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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.