15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Bus:  20​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bergamot Station and The Grove. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Los Angeles, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica day trip app .

Singapore, Singapore to Santa Monica is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and tram; or do a combination of flight and tram. Traveling from Singapore to Santa Monica, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Singapore in November, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Plan trip to San Diego with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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 21st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then trek along Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel travel tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In November, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park vacation planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carmel in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Shop till you drop at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, tee off at Lincoln Park, wander the streets of Nob Hill, and take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco vacation maker .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 20°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

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

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