16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center make great kid-friendly stops. Museum-lovers will get to explore Griffith Observatory and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. Pack the 13th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Los Angeles. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Diego, use our trip itinerary maker.

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 August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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 in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

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 26th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then stop by The Cheese Shop, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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