15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Lafayette
Fly:  7​h
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Lafayette

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Marston House Museum. Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. And it doesn't end there: stroll through La Jolla Cove, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego travel planner.

Lafayette to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lafayette to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter

2
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.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Guitar Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles custom trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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.
Shop till you drop at Bergamot Station and Two Rodeo. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, identify plant and animal life at Santa Monica Mountains, get a taste of the local shopping with Rodeo Drive, and enjoy some music at Third Street Promenade.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica travel itinerary planner.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. In December in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, The Getty Villa
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, Monterey is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Point Lobos State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Cannery Row
Cannery Row

2
days
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 31st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip generator.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Monterey in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco custom trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (59°F), and nights are much warmer (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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