15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route maker
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
Big Sur
— 4 nights


San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stop by Marina District, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Neighborhoods · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
Side Trip

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, hike along May Lake Trailhead, and stroll through Mariposa Grove.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 14°C, while nights are colder with lows around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Monterey.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Monterey — 2 nights

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 25th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Monterey Bay Food Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Monterey, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 9°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Big Sur.
Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Big Sur — 4 nights

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Step out of Big Sur to go to Soledad and see Balconies Cliffs Trails, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Rocky Creek Bridge, hike along Partington Cove, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawthorne Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to Big Sur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Side Trip

California travel guide

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.