16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Sat), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip tool.

Vancouver, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vancouver in July, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

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.
Relax by the water at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Head to The Grove and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor some retail therapy. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, stop by Amoeba Music, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Lembert Dome, stroll around Mariposa Grove, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Carmel

— 1 night
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 29th (Wed): look for gifts at AiX, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.