15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Long Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Berlin

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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.
On the 3rd (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles route builder app .

Berlin, Germany to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Los Angeles. In November, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Long Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): make a trip to Anaheim Packing District and then discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Long Beach online attractions planner .

Long Beach is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In November, daily temperatures in Long Beach can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Long Beach

#Theme Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Anaheim Packing District ©
Anaheim Packing District

1
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Santa Monica

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 5th (Mon), go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, stop by Bergamot Station, then get in on the family fun at Pacific Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip maker website .

Getting from Long Beach to Santa Monica by car takes about an hour. Other options: ride a tram; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Shopping, #Trails, #Parks
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Monica in November since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

#Parks, #Nature
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Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): hike along General Grant Tree Trail, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and then don't miss a visit to Tunnel Log.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip builder .

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 8 hours. In November in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 6°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for Morro Bay.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel Log ©
Tunnel Log

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 8th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Morro Bay road trip app .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Morro Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. In November, Morro Bay is somewhat warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

#Tours, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Pismo Pier ©
Pismo Pier

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 9th (Fri), trek along Point Lobos, go for a walk through Lone Cypress, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and finally stroll through Dennis the Menace Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Morro Bay in November, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

#Parks, #Trails, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Bixby Bridge, Lone Cypress
Highlights from your plan
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and finally trek along May Lake Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route maker site .

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Monterey in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cable Cars. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Crissy Field, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are much warmer (12°C). On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Tours, #Neighborhoods, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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