15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
4
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Castello di Amorosa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Tudal Winery (in St. Helena) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip website .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tudal Winery, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos. Escape the urban bustle at Monterey Bay and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Spend the 5th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vernal Fall and Mono Lake County Park. Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Panorama Trail, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 12th (Fri), discover the magic at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Oak Canyon Nature Center, then get your game on at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip builder site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Anaheim dip to 23°C. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

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