16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim), Zuma Beach (in Malibu) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's lots more to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area, contemplate the long history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and explore the stunning scenery at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planning website .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in December, things will get little chillier in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Zuma Beach, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

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. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 9°C and lows at -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, and sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are much hotter (8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

2
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Siduri Wines, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and finally identify plant and animal life at Safari West. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Thumbprint Cellars.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Healdsburg travel planning site .

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Healdsburg, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Sonoma Coast State Beach, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West

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 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and finally learn about winemaking at Cima Collina.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip maker site .

Getting from Healdsburg to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Healdsburg in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carmel, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cima Collina, Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then explore the stunning scenery at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and finally stroll around La Jolla Cove. On the next day, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, then identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve, and finally stroll through Children's Pool.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego sightseeing planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In December, San Diego is a bit warmer than Carmel - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

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