15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 4 nights


San Diego — 2 nights

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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

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Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in October; daily highs in San Diego reach 78°F and lows reach 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Los Angeles — 4 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Pack the 9th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Beaches
Side Trips

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 13th (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and stroll through McGurk Meadow.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (73°F), and nights are much warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

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.