16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Baker Beach and Ocean Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stop by North Beach, stroll through Alcatraz Island, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

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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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
We've included these beaches for you: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Sand Dollar Beach. There's lots more to do: stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, get lost in a book at Henry Miller Memorial Library, and admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Big Sur trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

2
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Santa Barbara

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.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, explore and take pictures at State Street Underpass, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip maker tool.

Getting from Big Sur to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Big Sur in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

2
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Los Angeles

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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

3
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San Diego

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online day trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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.