15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Palm Springs
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to California State Railroad Museum and California Academy of Sciences. Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Old Sacramento Waterfront (in Sacramento) and Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Sacramento, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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. On the 26th (Wed), kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel online trip maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pfeiffer State Beach. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

You can plan Big Sur trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Carmel to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Coast Gallery Big Sur ©
Coast Gallery Big Sur

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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 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach and then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, grab your bike and head to Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Barbara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria
Highlights from your plan
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Change things up with a short trip to Running Horse Ranch in Lake Hughes (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Running Horse Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Indian Canyons and Cabot's Pueblo Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Barker Dam Trail and Climbing Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Climbing Tours, Sam Cobb Farms, Barker Dam Trail, Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Cabot's Pueblo Museum ©
Cabot's Pueblo Museum

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a stroll through El Pueblo de Los Angeles, identify plant and animal life at Shambala Preserve, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Angelus Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning app.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Shambala Preserve
Highlights from your plan
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Angelus Temple ©
Angelus Temple
Thien Hau Temple ©
Thien Hau Temple

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