15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly + taxi:  13​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
London

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Head to Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Stationfor some retail therapy. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, and don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica journey planning tool .

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and tram. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Santa Monica due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, Santa Monica is a bit warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Farmers Market ©
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier

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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in San Diego, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

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

2
days
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Carmel, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

San Carlos Cathedral, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, wander the streets of Chinatown, and stop by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

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You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square

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