15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Legion of Honor capture your imagination. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

St. Helena

— 2 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, and finally indulge your taste buds at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stroll through Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Getting from St. Helena to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or fly. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ansel Adams Gallery and Elizabeth Lake. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome.

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Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Carmel in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Norton Simon Museum and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollyhock House are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and shop like a local with Montana Avenue.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip planning app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then walk around La Jolla Cove.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego day trip website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.