15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Hartford
bus + Fly:  9​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Hartford

1
night
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 20th (Thu): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Hartford to San Diego is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Hartford in December, things will get much warmer in San Diego: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

2
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, do a tasting at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Johnson's Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Helena vacation maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get little chillier in St. Helena: highs are around 60°F and lows about 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Napa, Johnson's Beach, Castello di Amorosa, Wine Tours & Tastings, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery

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. On the 24th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally stop by The Cheese Shop.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip tool .

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from St. Helena in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Cannery Row
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.
Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie State Historic Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Tioga Pass. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

You can plan Yosemite National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 46°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Nob Hill, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 45°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Montana Avenue and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains & Third Street Promenade). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by Hollywood & Highland, browse the different shops at The Grove, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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