16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Francisco
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Mill Valley
— 1 night
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Mendocino
— 1 night
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Fortuna
— 1 night
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Trinidad
— 1 night
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Healdsburg
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Palo Alto
— 1 night
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Berkeley
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Berkeley
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll through Strawberry Hill.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Francisco. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mill Valley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Mill Valley

— 1 night
Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Golden Gate View Point and then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Mill Valley in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Mill Valley. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mendocino

— 1 night
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Albion River Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mendocino trip planner.

Drive from Mill Valley to Mendocino in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fortuna.

Things to do in Mendocino

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fortuna

— 1 night
Fortuna is a city the northeast shore of the Eel River, and is on U.S. Route 101 in west-central Humboldt County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, then try your luck at Bear River Casino Resort, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Ferndale Historic Cemetery, and finally learn about winemaking at Clendenen's Cider Works.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Fortuna trip site.

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Fortuna takes 3 hours. Traveling from Mendocino in May, expect nights in Fortuna to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Trinidad.

Things to do in Fortuna

Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Trinidad

— 1 night
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. On the 12th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Trinidad State Beach and then pause for some photo ops at Trinidad Memorial and Memorial Lighthouse.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad online trip maker.

You can drive from Fortuna to Trinidad in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Trinidad

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Healdsburg

— 1 night
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Healdsburg trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Trinidad to Healdsburg in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Trinidad in May: highs in Healdsburg hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cannery Row. Get outdoors at Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip site.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Healdsburg in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Palo Alto.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Palo Alto

— 1 night
Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Palo Alto holiday site.

You can drive from Carmel to Palo Alto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in Palo Alto are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). On the 16th (Sat), you're off to Berkeley.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Berkeley

— 1 night
Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): gain insight at University of California, Berkeley, then see the interesting displays at Aftel Archive of Curious Scents, then stroll around Tilden Regional Park, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lafayette Reservoir.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Berkeley travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palo Alto to Berkeley in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Berkeley

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

On the 17th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker app.

San Francisco is just a stone's throw from Berkeley. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Berkeley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Berkeley

— 1 night
On the 19th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Fourth Street.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Berkeley trip planning tool.

Berkeley is very close to San Francisco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Berkeley

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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 Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: trek along Nevada Falls Loop, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Berkeley to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Berkeley in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

California travel guide

4.1
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.

Humboldt County travel guide

4.2
Scenic Drive · State Parks · Landmarks