15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Berlin

2
nights
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planning website .

Berlin, Germany to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Berlin to San Diego. In June, daytime highs in San Diego are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 2nd (Tue), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel vacation planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Carmel to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

#Nature, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read St. Helena travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to St. Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

#Tours, #Wineries

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from St. Helena, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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