15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour planner
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Morro Bay
— 1 day
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Malibu
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Cruz.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 4th (Mon), look for gifts at Bookshop Santa Cruz and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Cruz, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping
Side Trip

Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 5th (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Monterey are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Carmel — 1 night

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. To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. April in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Big Sur.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Big Sur — 1 night

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Simeon.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wineries

San Simeon — 1 night

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip maker app.

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in April, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (7°C). You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for Morro Bay.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip

Morro Bay — 1 day

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 8th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Morro Bay trip planning app.

You can drive from San Simeon to Morro Bay in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Morro Bay: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.
Nature · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Santa Barbara — 2 nights

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 9th (Sat), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara online itinerary planner.

Drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Malibu.
Tours · Wineries
Highlights from your trip

Malibu

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Frederick Weisman Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Malibu itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. April in Malibu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.
Museums
Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas), USS Midway Museum (in San Diego) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 12th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online vacation planner.

You can drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.