16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mendocino
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Union Square, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker site .

Amsterdam, Holland to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Amsterdam in May, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mendocino.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Mendocino Headlands State Park, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, and then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mendocino online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Mendocino takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in Mendocino to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Mendocino

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Mendocino Headlands State Park ©
Mendocino Headlands State Park

1
night
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 28th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cambria itinerary tool .

You can drive from Mendocino to Cambria in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
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. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see McWay Falls about 58 minutes away. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach and take a stroll through Ocean Avenue.

Planning Carmel trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 5th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park tour site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

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