15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Taxi
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Golden Gate Park, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, visit Fisherman's Wharf, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route planner.

Birlingham, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Birlingham to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birlingham in April, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. There's much more to do: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Monterey, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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. On the 21st (Fri), look for gifts at Kurtz Culinary, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach, and finally stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In April in Carmel, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, and finally get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planning tool.

Drive from Carmel to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sun), discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District, then make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Diego are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

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.