16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 3 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Get outdoors at Black's Beach and Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and get your game on at AxeVentures.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
You've now added Dodger Stadium to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica State Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica Bay and Original Muscle Beach. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign in Santa Monica, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip tool.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Glacier Point and Panorama Trail will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Vernal Fall and Tioga Pass. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Funston National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, visit Fisherman's Wharf, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

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Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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.