16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Orick
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  15​h
End: Brussels

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or fly. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brussels to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach

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. On the 17th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and then kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Breakwater.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Breakwater
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Tuolumne Meadows. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip tool .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Orick.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
Orick

Orick
Orick is a census-designated place situated on the banks of the Redwood Creek in Humboldt County, California. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Orick online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Orick takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Orick are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Orick

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Redwood National Park

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, then kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Pope Beach. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Glen Alpine Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, and then kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe travel route builder website .

Drive from Orick to South Lake Tahoe in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Orick in July, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be slightly colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

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.
On the 25th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach and then hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (29°C), and nights are much warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
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.
On the 27th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Del Rey Beach, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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