15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Denver

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot and then walk around La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip planning app .

Denver to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Denver in July, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena road trip planning tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for slightly colder nights in St. Helena, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Exploratorium and Twin Peaks. Kids will appreciate attractions like California Academy of Sciences and Fort Funston National Park. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of SoMa, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and learn about all things military at USS Pampanito.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Panorama Trail and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, cruise along Tioga Pass, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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