16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Dublin

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pack the 1st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Dublin in May, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego journey planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
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St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read St. Helena trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in St. Helena to be slightly colder, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trip

Inglenook
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

1
night
Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel trip maker website .

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from St. Helena, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Fort Point. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco attractions planning site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (25°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 13:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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