15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel planning app.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. In October in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Carmel online journey builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Half Dome. Explore Mammoth Lakes' surroundings by going to Yosemite National Park (North Dome, Washburn Point, &more).

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip maker website.

Fly from Carmel to Mammoth Lakes in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect much colder evenings in Mammoth Lakes when traveling from Carmel in October, with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

4
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San Diego

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.
Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears will get you outdoors. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to San Diego takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 20°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.