15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + subway:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London


4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Grace Cathedral. There's still lots to do: stroll through China Beach, kick back and relax at Point Isabel, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in San Francisco at 27°C and lows at 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tioga Pass will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos

4
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Getty Center The Publications and Venice Canals Walkway. Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Step out of Santa Monica with an excursion to Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in September, with highs in Santa Monica at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach

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