16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and California Academy of Sciences. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Chinatown, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach and then kick back and relax at Pope Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe driving holiday site.

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 82°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

5
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. Step out of the city life by going to Half Dome and YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Panorama Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel planning site.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, then get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 98°F and lows at 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, then kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego online route maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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.