16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Tahoe City
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Relax by the water at Children's Pool and Black's Beach. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: discover the deep blue sea with San Diego Scuba Guide and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip builder tool.

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

Los Angeles — 2 nights

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 8th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour planning site.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Theme Parks · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 10th (Wed), delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning website.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Yosemite National Park — 5 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Mariposa Grove, cruise along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Tahoe City.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Tahoe City — 1 night

Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. On the 17th (Wed), cast your line with Matt Heron Fly Fishing and then stroll through Meeks Bay Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tahoe City trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in Tahoe City, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder site.

Fly from Tahoe City to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tahoe City in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.