16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Palo Alto
Drive:  45​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Jose
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
3
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Sacramento
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Gualala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Palo Alto
— 3 nights
End: Palo Alto

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Blue & Gold Fleet, PIER 39, Chinatown, North Beach, and other attractions. Kids will appreciate attractions like China Beach and Marshall’s Beach. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions planner .

Palo Alto to San Francisco is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach
China Beach ©
China Beach

1
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San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at The Tech Museum of Innovation, take a stroll through Willow Glen, and then contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Willow Glen ©
Willow Glen
The Tech Museum of Innovation ©
The Tech Museum of Innovation

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Cruz Wharf, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park and West Cliff Drive. On the 10th (Fri), take in the pleasant sights at West Cliff Drive and then take in nature's colorful creations at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach and then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz trip maker app .

You can drive from San Jose to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in August, you will find days in Santa Cruz are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
West Cliff Drive ©
West Cliff Drive
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park ©
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

3
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sacramento journey planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Sacramento in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. You will leave for Gualala on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries Parks Outdoors
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1
night
Gualala

Gualala ©
Gualala is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Goat Rock Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gualala trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Gualala takes 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gualala are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Gualala

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

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nights
Palo Alto

Palo Alto ©
Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stop by Kepler's Books. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Hillsdale Shopping Center and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Palo Alto planning website .

Drive from Gualala to Palo Alto in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Gualala in August, you will find days in Palo Alto are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Menlo Park, Stoneridge Shopping Center, Coyote Hills Regional Park, Hillsdale Shopping Center, Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach
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Coyote Hills Regional Park ©
Coyote Hills Regional Park
Stoneridge Shopping Center ©
Stoneridge Shopping Center
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