15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Auckland

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Auckland to San Francisco, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, make a trip to Washburn Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes road trip planning site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
nights
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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