15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Visit City Lights Booksellers and The Embarcadero for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, wander the streets of Union Square, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker .

Ottawa, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): do a tasting at Inglenook, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at Far Niente Winery, then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena itinerary planner .

Drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Oakville, Rutherford, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then trek along Point Lobos.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. When traveling from St. Helena in May, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Appreciate the collections at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
North Dome ©
North Dome

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Visit Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk for some beach relaxation. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, stop by Amoeba Music, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles attractions planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 17th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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