16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
Drive
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Fallbrook
— 2 nights
Drive
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Laguna Beach
Drive
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Redondo Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Mateo
— 8 nights
Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Houston

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San Diego

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Houston to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Diego due to the time zone difference. In May, San Diego is a bit cooler than Houston - with highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fallbrook.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Fallbrook

— 2 nights
Fallbrook is a census-designated place in northern San Diego County, California. On the 8th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens, try to win big at Pala Casino, and then identify plant and animal life at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Fallbrook trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Fallbrook in an hour. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Fallbrook. On the 9th (Sun), you'll travel to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Fallbrook

Parks · Wildlife · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Laguna Beach travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Fallbrook to Laguna Beach takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 60°F. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to Redondo Beach.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Redondo Beach

— 1 night
Redondo Beach is one of the many Beach Cities located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Hermosa Beach Pier and then take a leisurely stroll along Redondo Beach Pier.

To plan Redondo Beach vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Laguna Beach to Redondo Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. May in Redondo Beach sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 61°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Redondo Beach

Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Mon), stroll around Beverly Gardens Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Amoeba Music, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally explore and take pictures at Mulholland Drive.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Redondo Beach to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Monterey takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In May, Monterey is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Mateo.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

San Mateo

— 8 nights
San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, located in the high-tech enclave of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. Get out of town with these interesting San Mateo side-trips: Las Palmas Park (in Sunnyvale), Mountain View (Google Android Lawn Statues & Computer History Museum) and Rancho San Antonio County Park (in Cupertino). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and design of Stanford University, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sawyer Camp Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Sulphur Creek Nature Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Castle Rock State Park.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to San Mateo fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Monterey to San Mateo in 2 hours. In May in San Mateo, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Mateo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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.