15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Crystal Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning tool .

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Crystal Cove, Santa Monica Pier
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mono County Museum and Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and make a trip to Valley View.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bridgeport
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 10th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and then identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Point Buchon Trail, then do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April; daily highs in San Simeon reach 30°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jack Creek Celllars, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Point Buchon Trail
Highlights from your plan

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 Point Lobos and Carmel Mission. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (in Big Sur) and Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines). It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and make a trip to Lovers Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in April: highs in Carmel hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pinnacles National Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail and Drakes Estero. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing in Bodega Bay, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Marin Headlands, Drakes Estero
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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