15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

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 La Jolla Shores Park. USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Encinitas (Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Moonlight Beach). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll through Black's Beach, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in San Diego at 31°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Encinitas, Coronado Beach
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Maritime Museum of San Diego

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Getty Center The Publications and Santa Monica Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Monica side-trips: Malibu (Zuma Beach & Surfrider Beach), Cabrillo Beach (in Los Angeles) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip builder tool .

Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Monica, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

1
day
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

Plan my day in Monterey using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, Monterey is little chillier than Santa Monica - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at China Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Rodeo Beach, stroll through Baker Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Rodeo Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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