16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Calistoga
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Bus:  45​min
7
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
End: Los Angeles

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco attractions planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In April, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 13th (Mon), learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, and then learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Calistoga trip tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Calistoga, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room ©

1
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Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento tour planning app .

Drive from Calistoga to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Truckee.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums

Side Trip

Carnegie Library Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan
Carnegie Library Historical Museum ©
Carnegie Library Historical Museum

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nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Northstar California.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Truckee trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Truckee takes 2 hours. When traveling from Sacramento in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Truckee, with highs around 15°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Gatekeeper's Museum
Highlights from your plan
Northstar California ©
Northstar California
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point and then stroll through Mariposa Grove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip site .

You can drive from Truckee to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then stroll through Point Lobos, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and finally explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey route app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Monterey, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur online vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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hours
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon online holiday planner .

Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stop by SLO Sweets San Luis Obispo.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo road trip tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, expect nights in San Luis Obispo to be somewhat warmer, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Shopping

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night
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Santa Barbara is known for historic sites, adventure, parks, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 15°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

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