15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Manchester

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Musee Mecanique. Exploratorium and USS Pampanito will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Ghirardelli Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip site .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

3
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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

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. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Grove and Santa Monica Farmers Market. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect much hotter with lows of 22°C in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through La Jolla Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through San Diego Zoo.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego holiday site .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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