15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tampa

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Diego, use our trip itinerary maker.

Tampa to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Tampa to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in May, expect San Diego to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Museum-lovers will get to explore Griffith Observatory and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, and steep yourself in history at Hollyhock House.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum
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

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Visiting Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through Elizabeth Lake, and explore the striking landscape at Half Dome.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

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
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

4
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 Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Let the collections at Exploratorium and de Young Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take a stroll through SoMa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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