16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Knoxville

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.
Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Diego day trip website .

Knoxville to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Knoxville to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Knoxville in June, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monterey visit website .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Monterey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stroll around Golden Gate Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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