15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Amsterdam

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Grove and Third Street Promenade. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Bergamot Station). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Amoeba Music, and stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Cemetery.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 32°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Grove ©
The Grove

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 in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Relax by the water at Mission Beach Park and Children's Pool. There's much more to do: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego holiday planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

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 29th (Sun): stop by The Cheese Shop and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Monterey takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, Monterey is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

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 Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Wawona Meadow, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
China Beach
China Beach

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