15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 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
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks for their historical value. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, take a stroll through SoMa, and go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip tool .

Cleveland to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cleveland to San Francisco. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cleveland in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, shop like a local with Mumm Napa, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Glen Ellen, Rutherford, Oakville, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker tool .

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from St. Helena in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Half Dome and Glacier Point. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
Visit La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles for their historical value. The Getty Center and The Grammy Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip 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 bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Wende Museum of the Cold War
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 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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