15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
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San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning tool.

Houston to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Diego. Traveling from Houston in July, expect San Diego to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills), Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary app.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Lombard Street, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
On the 9th (Mon), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe online trip maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors

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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.