15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + bus + train + bus:  7​h
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Get outdoors at Olmsted Point and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Panorama Trail and Bodie State Historic Park. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (66°F), and nights are colder (28°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Visit Noyo Headlands Park and Pudding Creek Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Seaside Beach and Briceland Vineyards. Step out of Fort Bragg to go to Point Arena and see Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Fort Bragg day trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Briceland Vineyards, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

2
nights
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. You'll get in some beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Head to The Cheese Shop and The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Gardenfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip app .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Carmel by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fort Bragg in November since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, stroll through Moonstone Beach, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cambria trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carmel in November since evenings lows in Cambria dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Get in touch with nature at Jalama Beach and Butterfly Beach. Get some historical perspective at Bethania Lutheran Church and State Street. Change things up with a short trip to Surf Beach in Lompoc (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rincon Beach Park, get some fabulous bargains at Italian Pottery Outlet, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and look for gifts at The Sacred Space.

To see maps and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara visit planning tool .

Drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Cambria in November, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lompoc, Bethania Lutheran Church, The Sacred Space, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Surf Beach ©
Surf Beach
Bethania Lutheran Church ©
Bethania Lutheran Church

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