15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Truckee
— 1 night
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly

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Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
Get some cultural insight at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Ansel Adams Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Half Dome.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planning app.

Denver to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in July, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): kick back and relax at Sand Harbor, then explore the activities along Lake Tahoe, then immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and finally wander the streets of Historic Downtown Truckee.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Truckee online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect little chillier with lows of 40°F in Truckee. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, get engrossed in the history at Tallac Historic Site, then admire the landmark architecture of Vikingsholm, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online visit planner.

Drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Truckee in July, South Lake Tahoe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Transportation

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker site.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from South Lake Tahoe, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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 21st (Tue): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Carmel sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Third Street Promenade). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.
On the 25th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, then browse the exhibits of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · 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.