16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
San Diego
— 3 nights
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Santa Monica
— 3 nights


San Francisco

— 3 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 Ghirardelli Square. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

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Singapore, Singapore to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to San Francisco, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Singapore in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

San Diego

— 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaslamp Quarter and Liberty Public Market. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Theme Parks

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, get great views at Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Diego to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Grove and Hammer Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica

— 3 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
Shop till you drop at Two Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Farmers Market. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Rodeo Drive, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica tour builder.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Santa Monica hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

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.