15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Healdsburg
— 1 night
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  16​h
End: Birmingham

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder tool .

Birmingham, UK to San Diego is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Birmingham to San Diego. Traveling from Birmingham in June, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 26°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

2
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Royal Palms State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, get great views at Washburn Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and walk around Mariposa Grove.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for much colder nights in Mammoth Lakes, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe road trip planner .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip site .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Alexander Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Healdsburg to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

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