16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Hammer Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning website .

Stockholm, Sweden to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in June; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Valley Chapel will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park day trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Amphora Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon tour planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June; daily highs in San Simeon reach 39°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 12th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur road trip app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days in Big Sur, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Union Square, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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