15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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St. Helena
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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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.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Union Square, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and visit SoMa.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning app.

Cleveland to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cleveland in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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St. Helena

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, get a taste of the local shopping with Mumm Napa, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Benziger Family Winery, and finally view the masterpieces at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally indulge your taste buds at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena day trip app.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online tour planner.

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from St. Helena in July: highs in Carmel hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Taft Point. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, trek along Lembert Dome, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

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Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
Visiting Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, take a stroll through El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planning site.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

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.