15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
End: New York City

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 28th (Tue): explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour planner.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Do your shopping at Montana Avenue and Amoeba Music. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art capture your imagination. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

Before you visit Los Angeles, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, make a trip to Valley View, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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 (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then trek along Point Lobos, and then hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to St. Helena takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like City Lights Booksellers and The Embarcadero. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Marina District.

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Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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