16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Napa
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Clarita
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Mecanique and San Francisco Bay. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip site.

Bangkok, Thailand to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Bangkok to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bangkok in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 3rd (Thu), learn about winemaking at Silverado Vineyards, do a tasting at Goosecross Cellars, then do a tasting at Jessup Cellars Tasting Gallery, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Napa, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Museums

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.
Let the collections at Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum and Tuolumne County Museum capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tioga Pass and Black Oak Casino Resort. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, and trek along Lembert Dome.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Napa to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Napa in August, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Clarita.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Santa Clarita

— 1 night
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the engineering at St. Francis Dam-Ruins of Collapsed Dam and then make a splash at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Clarita day trip tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Clarita by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Santa Clarita to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Theme Parks · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. Step off the beaten path and head to Mission San Juan Capistrano and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Zuma Beach (in Malibu) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Clarita to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 1 night

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 11th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, then steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site, then examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker website.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.