16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly

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Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
On the 4th (Sat), trek along May Lake Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get great views at Valley View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online road trip planner.

New York City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

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 7th (Tue): trek along Crescent Meadow Rd and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, take a memorable tour with Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be much hotter, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your day by day itinerary now includes Point Lobos, Coast Guard Pier and Monterey Bay Kayaks. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): glide peacefully along the water with Monterey Bay Kayaks, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take a leisurely stroll along Coast Guard Pier.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monterey visit planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Santa Barbara Harbor as well as Cold Spring Tavern. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern and then don't miss a visit to Santa Barbara Harbor.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Nature · Parks

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zuma Beach as well as Santa Monica State Beach. There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 85°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Jolla Cove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Coronado Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Lions, Tigers & Bears and Pacific Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Oceanside (Oceanside Pier & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Coronado Island, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, and stroll through Children's Pool.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.