15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
London

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online itinerary creator.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tioga Pass and Glacier Point. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company in Bear Valley--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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 11th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monterey online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos State Reserve
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hermosa Beach Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in August, with highs in Santa Monica at 28°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Visiting Black's Beach and Children's Pool will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll through Sunset Cliffs, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour planner.

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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