15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at North Dome and then hike along Elizabeth Lake.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 13°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, get curious at Exploratorium, then explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and finally examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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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 27th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for gifts at AiX.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 26°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Annenberg Space for Photography. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Annenberg Community Beach House about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from San Simeon in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 14°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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 2nd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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Palm Springs

Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Heather James Fine Art, take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, then deepen your understanding at Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Palm Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in April: highs in Palm Springs hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.