15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Entebbe
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
St. Helena
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​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
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Entebbe

1
day
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip itinerary maker tool .

Entebbe, Uganda to St. Helena is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Entebbe in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in St. Helena, with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mumm Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

3
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 Cable Car Museum. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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 (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel travel planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
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.
Visiting Taft Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

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. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Do some cultural sightseeing at Griffith Observatory and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect warmer with lows of 22°C in Los Angeles. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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