16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Cleveland

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 get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Step out of the city life by going to San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary maker website .

Cleveland to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cleveland to San Diego. In August in San Diego, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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. On the 2nd (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation maker .

Fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in September: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

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 Marshall’s Beach. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Chinatown, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online route planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
SoMa ©
SoMa

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 6th (Fri): stroll through Sonoma Coast State Beach, then learn about winemaking at von Strasser Family of Wines, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and finally do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. On your second day here, do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Healdsburg hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma Coast State Beach, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, von Strasser Family of Wines
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and then kick back and relax at Kiva Beach.

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Drive from Healdsburg to South Lake Tahoe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, South Lake Tahoe is slightly colder than Healdsburg - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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