16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
San Diego
— 3 nights


San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, and stop by Chinatown.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning app.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
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Yosemite National Park — 5 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 59°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

Los Angeles — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: highs in Los Angeles hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:

San Diego — 3 nights

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 14th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in April, and nighttime lows around 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.