15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Laguna Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Temecula
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
9
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

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 Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, and hike along Four Mile Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route planning app .

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Newark in October since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and finally stop by AiX.

To find maps and tourist information, read Monterey trip site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Monterey, with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, then 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.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Napa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in October, expect nights in Napa to be a bit cooler, around 45°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

St. Helena, Mumm Napa, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Napa in October, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Heather James Fine Art, then take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, and finally look for gifts at Wabi Sabi Japan Living.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Palm Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Palm Desert
Highlights from your plan
Heather James Fine Art ©
Heather James Fine Art
CODA Gallery ©
CODA Gallery
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs ©

2
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Hollywood & Highland, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip app .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 5th (Tue), stroll through Victoria Beach, then kick back and relax at Marina Park, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Little Corona Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Laguna Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. November in Laguna Beach sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Temecula.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Little Corona Beach ©
Little Corona Beach
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach

1
night
Temecula

Temecula represents Southern California's wine country.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stop by Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about winemaking at Masia de la Vinya Winery, and finally do a tasting at Peltzer Winery.

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

Getting from Laguna Beach to Temecula by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Laguna Beach in November since evenings lows in Temecula dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Temecula

Tours Wineries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Masia de la Vinya Winery ©
Masia de la Vinya Winery
Peltzer Winery ©
Peltzer Winery

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 7th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego day trip app .

Traveling by car from Temecula to San Diego takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Temecula in November since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Parks Beaches
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

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