15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Louisville

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): make a trip to Yosemite Village and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site .

Louisville to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Louisville in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 16th (Tue), take a stroll through Historic Downtown Truckee, then kick back and relax at West End Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Truckee route planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Truckee when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Meeks Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, then kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Pope Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe road trip app .

You can drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Truckee in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks for their historical value. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

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You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
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. On the 21st (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in Carmel, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and California Science Center capture your imagination. Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and finally examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Children's Pool, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Diego tour planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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