15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to San Diego International Airport
San Diego
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 3 nights


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, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, walk around Golden Gate Park, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in September, with highs in San Francisco at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, trek along Mariposa Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Diego

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to San Diego. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally grab your bike and head to South Bay Bicycle Trail.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Parks

Side Trips

California travel guide

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.