15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sebastopol
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then explore the galleries of Kelley House Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Albion River Bridge, then do a tasting at Phillips Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Lula Cellars.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mendocino attractions planner .

Manchester, UK to Mendocino is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Mendocino, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in April, you will find days in Mendocino are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sebastopol.

Things to do in Mendocino

Wineries Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Philo, Albion River Bridge
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Lula Cellars ©
Lula Cellars
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Kelley House Museum ©
Kelley House Museum

2
nights
Sebastopol

Sebastopol ©
Sebastopol or is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States, approximately 52mi north of San Francisco. On the 24th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Sebastopol Center for the Arts, then take an in-depth tour of Sturgeons Mill, then stop by Ramini Mozzarella, and finally browse for treasures at Petaluma Boulevard and Kentucky Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): trek along Pomo Canyon Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Patrick Amiot.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sebastopol trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Mendocino to Sebastopol in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Sebastopol

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Vintage Bank Antiques, Pomo Canyon Trail, Ramini Mozzarella
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Ramini Mozzarella ©
Ramini Mozzarella
Patrick Amiot ©
Patrick Amiot

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Step off the beaten path and head to Ocean Avenue and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Carmel Art Association and Weston Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Coast Gallery Big Sur in Big Sur, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and examine the collection at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planning app .

Getting from Sebastopol to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sebastopol in April: highs in Carmel hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, Coast Gallery Big Sur
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Gallery by the Sea Carmel ©
Gallery by the Sea Carmel
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Photography West Gallery ©
Photography West Gallery

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 29th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, view the masterpieces at Harmony Pottery Works, then take in the exciting artwork at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and finally see the interesting displays at Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cambria trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works, Fiona Bleu Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Harmony Pottery Works ©
Harmony Pottery Works

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Bethania Lutheran Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, make a trip to Visitor Center, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then look for gifts at The Sacred Space, and then browse the different shops at Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara day trip planning app .

You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cambria in April: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Solvang, The Sacred Space
Highlights from your plan
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 3rd (Fri), view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Heather James Fine Art, then view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery, and finally stop by Brandini Toffee. Here are some ideas for day two: get some fabulous bargains at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, then take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Desert Hills Premium Outlets ©
Desert Hills Premium Outlets

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