15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Big Sur
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
5
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Temecula
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Joshua Tree National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Newark

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fisherman's Wharf, Buena Vista and Alcatraz Island. Escape the urban bustle at China Beach and Rodeo Beach. There's more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and appreciate the history behind Coit Tower.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You will leave for Napa on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Rodeo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): do a tasting at Vincent Arroyo Winery, learn about winemaking at Rombauer Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): do a tasting at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Napa vacation builder.

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Napa: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, Safari West, Vincent Arroyo Winery
Highlights from your plan
Vincent Arroyo Winery ©
Vincent Arroyo Winery
Safari West ©
Safari West
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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 23rd (Sat), make a trip to Olmsted Point, then admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Drive from Napa to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Napa in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Hearst Castle Theater has been added to your itinerary. On the 25th (Mon), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then see a show at Hearst Castle Theater, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hearst Castle Theater
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Zuma Beach and then examine the collection at The Getty Villa.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Malibu vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Malibu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or take a bus. In September, Malibu is a bit warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 76°F and lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Angel City Brewery as well as Hollywood Sign. On the 28th (Thu), see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, then make a trip to Hollywood Sign, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Angel City Brewery.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Malibu to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and tram. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Malibu in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Temecula.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Nightlife Museums Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Angel City Brewery ©
Angel City Brewery
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

few
hours
Temecula

Temecula ©
Temecula represents Southern California's wine country.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): do a tasting at Hart Winery and then do a tasting at Oak Mountain Winery.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Temecula itinerary builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Temecula in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, Temecula is a bit cooler at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Temecula

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Oak Mountain Winery ©
Oak Mountain Winery
Hart Winery ©
Hart Winery

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Temecula to San Diego in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Temecula in September, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 80°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mormon Battalion Historic Site ©
Mormon Battalion Historic Site
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
San Diego Bay Walk ©
San Diego Bay Walk

few
hours
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Arch Rock and then hike along Split Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 92°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

1
night
San Diego

San Diego
For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in October, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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