15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at de Young Museum, stroll around Washington Square, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

Find out how to plan St. Helena trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

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

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 20th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from St. Helena in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. And it doesn't end there: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Museum-lovers will get to explore La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and The Nethercutt Collection. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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 (Sun): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego journey planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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