16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
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Monterey
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Huntington Beach
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Palm Springs
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Lincoln Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Nob Hill, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online tour itinerary planner.

Venice, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Venice to San Francisco. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Venice in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey online road trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to San Luis Obispo.
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San Luis Obispo — 1 night

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. On the 13th (Wed), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then take in the history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and then visit Bubblegum Alley.

To find maps and more tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo trip maker app.

Drive from Monterey to San Luis Obispo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Santa Monica.
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Santa Monica — 1 night

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip planning site.

Fly from San Luis Obispo to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, Santa Monica is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, stroll around Runyon Canyon Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then stop by Hollywood & Highland, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Huntington Beach.
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Huntington Beach — 1 night

Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): look for gifts at Buy Hand, stroll through Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington Dog Beach, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Huntington Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Huntington Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Huntington Beach can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Palm Springs.
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Palm Springs — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the galleries of Palm Springs Air Museum and then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip planning tool.

Drive from Huntington Beach to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Huntington Beach in July, expect nights in Palm Springs to be a bit warmer, around 32°C, while days are much hotter, around 49°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.
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San Diego — 2 nights

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.
On the 19th (Tue), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Fleet Science Center, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and finally see the world from above with Air Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 1 night

On the 21st (Thu), shop like a local with The Grove and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles journey app.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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San Luis Obispo County travel guide

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The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.
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