15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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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 ©

City by the Bay

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 Exploratorium. Get some cultural insight at California Academy of Sciences and Old Sacramento Waterfront. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, approximately Bodega Bay away. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary site.

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. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 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 · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

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

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
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 ©

The American Riviera

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 · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 ©

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica State Beach and Running Horse Ranch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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 · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 Motif. Step off the beaten path and head to Barker Dam Trail and Brandini Toffee. Step out of Palm Springs with an excursion to Climbing Tours in Joshua Tree--about 48 minutes away.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Palm Springs tour itinerary planner.

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

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

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 ©

City of Angels

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 take a bus; or fly. 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 · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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