15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California tour itinerary maker

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Bus
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sacramento
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour planner.

Houston to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Francisco. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the views from Bixby Bridge and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Big Sur travel itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in January, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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 23rd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally walk around Shoreline Park. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara visit app.

Getting from Big Sur to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. January in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mammoth Lakes

— 2 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Bishop (Laws Railroad Museum & Keough's Hot Springs). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, stroll through June Mountain, trek along Earthquake Fault, and contemplate the waterfront views at Convict Lake.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Mammoth Lakes hover around 44°F and lows are around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and finally fly down the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then hike along Mariposa Grove.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online route planner.

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, then get to know the resident critters at Sacramento Zoo, and finally ponder the world of politics at Capitol Park.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento travel planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sacramento by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in Sacramento hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.