16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  20​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Cairo

2
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary app .

Cairo, Egypt to San Diego is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Cairo to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairo in August, with highs in San Diego at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Angeles vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
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 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Carmel to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
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 Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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