15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Guerneville
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Guerneville
— 1 day
Drive
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Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly

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Guerneville

— 1 day
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Goat Rock Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Guerneville trip itinerary tool.

Crescent City to Guerneville is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Crescent City in March, expect nights in Guerneville to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Guerneville

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, then explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, and then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sacramento tour planner.

You can drive from Guerneville to Sacramento in 2.5 hours. March in Sacramento sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. Attractions like El Capitan and YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 21st (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, then hike along Ryan Mountain, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Joshua Tree National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, things will get much hotter in Joshua Tree National Park: highs are around 75°F and lows about 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 22nd (Mon), experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim road trip planning site.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Anaheim by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or fly. In March in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games

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.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery are in your itinerary. Attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and look for gifts at The Cave Store.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Diego tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in March, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the striking features of The Old Monterey Jail, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and finally walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monterey visit planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in March: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 64°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 28th (Sun), stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach, then explore and take pictures at West Cliff Drive, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz attractions planner.

Drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in March, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.