16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 1 night
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, and get curious at Exploratorium.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Francisco is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from San Juan to San Francisco. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from San Juan in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 23rd (Mon), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, and finally do a tasting at Thumbprint Cellars.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg travel planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Healdsburg when traveling from San Francisco in December, with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Tours
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes attractions planning site .

Traveling by flight from Healdsburg to Mammoth Lakes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Healdsburg in December, plan for slightly colder days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 9°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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