15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Springfield
fly:  8​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Solvang
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ventura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Springfield

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tenaya Lake, Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Springfield to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Springfield to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (81°F), and nights are colder (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

3
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Do some cultural sightseeing at Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. There's much more to do: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, shop like a local with Wyland Gallery Carmel, stroll through Point Lobos, and pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

3
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). Do some cultural sightseeing at artifacts gallery and Harmony Pottery Works. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fiona Bleu Gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery. When in Cambria, make a side trip to see Hearst Castle in San Simeon, approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cambria road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works, Fiona Bleu Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Harmony Pottery Works ©
Harmony Pottery Works

2
nights
Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Solvang Antiques, get into the urban bustle at Visitor Center, get a new perspective on nature at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, then do a tasting at Stolpman Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard. On your second day here, do a tasting at Toccata Tasting Room, learn about winemaking at Rusack Vineyards, contemplate the long history of La Purisima State Historical Park, then learn about winemaking at Montemar Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at PENCE.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Solvang trip planner .

Getting from Cambria to Solvang by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Cambria in August, expect nights in Solvang to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Solvang

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Lompoc, Los Olivos, PENCE
Highlights from your plan
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Montemar Wines ©
Montemar Wines

2
nights
Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. On the 13th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then learn about winemaking at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market. Keep things going the next day: get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets, buy something for everyone on your list at The Collection at Riverpark, and then stop by The Sacred Space.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ventura trip website .

Traveling by car from Solvang to Ventura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Solvang in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Ventura: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Ventura

Shopping Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Camarillo Premium Outlets, The Sacred Space, The Collection at Riverpark
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Riverbench Vineyard & Winery ©
Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, view the masterpieces at Heather James Fine Art, then view the masterpieces at CODA Gallery, and finally wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District. Keep things going the next day: stop by Brandini Toffee and then revel in the low prices at Desert Hills Premium Outlets.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Ventura to Palm Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Ventura in August, expect nights in Palm Springs to be somewhat warmer, around 80°F, while days are much warmer, around 107°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Heather James Fine Art ©
Heather James Fine Art
Desert Hills Premium Outlets ©
Desert Hills Premium Outlets
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs ©
Antique Galleries of Palm Springs

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