15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bemidji
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Bemidji

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Getty Center and Disneyland Park. Appreciate the collections at Griffith Observatory and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planning site .

Bemidji to Los Angeles is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bemidji to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bemidji in April, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 75°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in April since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then hike along Point Lobos. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, hike along Partington Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in April: highs in Monterey hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Tunnel View. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Monterey in April, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Bring the kids along to California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, and examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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