16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Panama City
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Panama City

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Family-friendly places like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip site .

Panama City, Panama to San Diego is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Panama City to San Diego. In January, San Diego is colder than Panama City - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

4
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 Disney California Adventure Park make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 22nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon day trip planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect San Simeon to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel vacation builder site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and San Gregorio State Beach. Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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