16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Channel Islands National Park
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Mono Hot Springs
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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San Diego — 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Scuba Guide. You'll get in some beach time at Children's Pool and Mission Beach Park. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately Alpine away. It doesn't end there: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning app.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barker Dam Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip builder app.

You can drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 8th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip app.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Channel Islands National Park.
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Channel Islands National Park — 1 night

The coast of Southern California might be one of the most densely populated areas of the United States, but a quick hop out to Channel Islands National Park provides a picture of coastal living in the region before human development.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and then step off the mainland to explore Santa Cruz Island.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Channel Islands National Park vacation builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Los Angeles to Channel Islands National Park. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get slightly colder in Channel Islands National Park: highs are around 76°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 2 nights

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 10th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura, then discover the deep blue sea with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, and then stroll through Carpinteria State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Channel Islands National Park to Santa Barbara. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mono Hot Springs.
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Mono Hot Springs — 1 night

Mono Hot Springs is a summer resort, campground, unincorporated community, and a group of hot springs in Fresno County, central California. On the 12th (Fri), explore the activities along Florence Lake and then stroll through John Muir Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Wagner's Mammoth Pool Resort and then explore and take pictures at California Route 36.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Mono Hot Springs visit planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Mono Hot Springs by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mono Hot Springs when traveling from Santa Barbara in August, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through McGurk Meadow, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Valley View, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and then explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Mono Hot Springs to Yosemite National Park. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Mono Hot Springs in August, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Big Sur.
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Big Sur — 2 nights

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur trip app.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur by car takes about 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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