16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Orlando

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through North Beach, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco tour planner .

Orlando to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in September, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gracianna Winery and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery). Dedicate the 6th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip itinerary planning app .

You can 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 September, expect nights in St. Helena to be slightly colder, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Wine Tours & Tastings, Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel holiday builder site .

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. While traveling from St. Helena, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 13th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, stroll through Four Mile Trail, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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