15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Birmingham
train + Fly:  15​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
St. Helena
— 2 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
Birmingham

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hermosa Beach Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Bergamot Station, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, stop by Amoeba Music, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Birmingham, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Birmingham - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

2
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.
On the 26th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
day
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. On the 28th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel vacation builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Carmel is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
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.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Twin Peaks and Fort Funston National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary maker.

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. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
days
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get some cultural insight at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Schramsberg Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting St. Helena side-trips: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Gracianna Winery). Dedicate the 2nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect nights in St. Helena to be slightly colder, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Oakville, Healdsburg, Calistoga, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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