16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Point Reyes National Seashore
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sacramento
— Few hours
drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Los Banos
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London


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5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge. Get outdoors at Marin Headlands and Lands End. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

1
night
Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore ©
On the 22nd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Tule Elk Preserve, kick back and relax at Limantour Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Point Reyes Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Point Reyes National Seashore road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore takes 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Point Reyes National Seashore, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tule Elk Preserve ©
Tule Elk Preserve
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach

2
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): do a tasting at Hook and Ladder Winery, then trek along Pepperwood Preserve, and then learn about winemaking at Hanna Winery. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Donelan Family Wines, learn about winemaking at Siduri Wines, and then admire the verdant scenery at Bennett Valley.

Before you visit Santa Rosa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Point Reyes National Seashore to Santa Rosa takes 1.5 hours. In August in Santa Rosa, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wineries Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Pepperwood Preserve ©
Pepperwood Preserve
Donelan Family Wines ©
Donelan Family Wines
Hook and Ladder Winery ©
Hook and Ladder Winery

few
hours
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 25th (Sun), see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then learn about winemaking at The Undergound Tasting Room, and then take an in-depth tour of Governor's Mansion.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sacramento vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to Sacramento takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Rosa in August: high temperatures in Sacramento hover around 38°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Governor's Mansion ©
Governor's Mansion
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
The Undergound Tasting Room ©
The Undergound Tasting Room

3
nights
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.
On the 26th (Mon), make a trip to Olmsted Point, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in August; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 32°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Banos.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

few
hours
Los Banos

Los Banos ©
Los Banos is a city in Merced County, central California. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Banos travel route builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Los Banos. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Banos: highs are around 41°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Banos

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge ©
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Pebble Beach Golf Links and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. There's more to do: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Los Banos to Monterey in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Los Banos in August, you will find days in Monterey are much colder (24°C), and nights are slightly colder (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

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