16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
Drive
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Salinas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Exeter
— 2 nights
Drive
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Irvine
— 7 nights

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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, Cable Car Museum and Basically Free Bike Rentals. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and then make a trip to Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then pedal to the sights with Basically Free Bike Rentals.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Belgium, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Cruz.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then explore the world behind art at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Cruz driving holiday planning website.

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Salinas.
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Theme Parks · Museums

Salinas — 2 nights

Salinas is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Whale Watch, 17-Mile Drive and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Salinas trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Salinas in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Salinas can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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.
You've added Cooks Meadow Loop, Yosemite Village, Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and finally trek along Cooks Meadow Loop. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Salinas to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Salinas in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Exeter.
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Exeter — 2 nights

Exeter is a city in Tulare County, California, United States. You've now added Big Trees Trail to your itinerary. On the 13th (Wed), trek along Big Trees Trail and then make a trip to Tunnel Rock. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Project Survival's Cat Haven, then hike along Trail of 100 Giants, then explore the activities along Lake Success, and finally don't miss a visit to Exeter Murals.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Exeter planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Exeter with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Exeter reach 43°C and lows reach 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Irvine.
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Side Trips

Irvine — 7 nights

Irvine is a city in Orange County, California, United States. You've now added Vans Skatepark to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Manhattan Beach and Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Irvine: Long Beach (The Queen Mary & Aquarium of the Pacific). There's much more to do: walk around Heisler Park, step off the mainland to explore Balboa Island, take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier, and hike along Bommer Canyon Trails.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Irvine trip planner.

You can drive from Exeter to Irvine in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Exeter in July, plan for little chillier days in Irvine, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.
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