15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Birmingham
train + Fly + taxi:  15​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
Birmingham

3
days
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Zuma Beach (in Malibu) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, make a trip to Sunset Boulevard, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica vacation trip planner.

Birmingham, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Birmingham to Santa Monica, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Birmingham in August, with highs in Santa Monica at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Zuma Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

4
days
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, and stroll through Coronado Beach.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego vacation trip planner.

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight Beach, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carmel tour planner.

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in August, with highs in Carmel at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit China Beach and Fort Funston National Park for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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