15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach for some beach relaxation. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Montana Avenue about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip website .

Edmonton, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Edmonton to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Edmonton in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and stroll through Black's Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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

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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel vacation planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In October, Carmel is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll through SoMa, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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