15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
4
Eureka
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie State Historic Park. Change things up with a short trip to Mono County Museum in Bridgeport (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder .

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from London in April, with lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bridgeport
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
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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. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, go for a walk through Ocean Avenue, and browse for treasures at The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online travel planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally take a stroll through Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Asian Art Museum ©
Asian Art Museum

2
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Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. On the 13th (Mon), steep yourself in history at The Immortal Tree, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fern Cottage, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, browse the fresh offerings at Arcata Farmers' Market, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikshari Trail, and finally get engrossed in the history at Clarke Historical Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Eureka journey planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Eureka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Eureka is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Eureka

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Arcata, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, Fern Cottage, The Immortal Tree, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
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Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
The Immortal Tree ©
The Immortal Tree

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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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Montana Avenue and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and stop by Amoeba Music.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Eureka to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Eureka in April: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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