16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Los Angeles
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San Diego
— 1 day
Drive
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

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.
For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary planner.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Miguel de Allende to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Miguel de Allende in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. On the 16th (Fri), you're off to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife
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San Diego

— 1 day

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.
On the 16th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Bay Park and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Diego road trip planning website.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks
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Anaheim

— 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the natural beauty at Sherman Library & Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Corona Del Mar State Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Buy Hand, then stroll through Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then kick back and relax at Huntington State Beach, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Orange County Coast.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Anaheim

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker app.

You can drive from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in July, plan for cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm and then race across the water with a speed boat tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Burnt Cedar Beach, then examine the collection at UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Flume Trail.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. July in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Transportation · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. Attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker website.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You will leave for Monterey on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): kick back and relax at Lovers Point and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trip

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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

On the 29th (Thu), browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, stop by LA Farmers' Market, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally grab your bike and head to 26-Mile Bike Path.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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California travel guide

4.1
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.

Orange County travel guide

4.5
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Dolphin & Whale Watching
Embodying southern California's ambience of laid-back sophistication, Orange County is one of the state's most popular vacation destinations, offering year-round sunshine, beautiful golden beaches, and high-end shopping and dining, spread throughout several picturesque beach communities. Spend your holiday indulging at the region's oceanfront spas, designer boutiques, and five-star restaurants, or opt for a trip to the Disneyland Resort and Knott's Berry Farm. While known mostly for its luxurious amenities, the region is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts, home to several national parks and active marinas.