15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
New York City

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco custom trip planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf

4
days
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 El Capitan. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are colder with lows around 29°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome

2
days
Santa Monica

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 30th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Getty Center The Publications
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory

3
days
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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip builder.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in San Diego are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove

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