15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 15​min
End: Bristol

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oak Canyon Nature Center.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool .

Bristol, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bristol to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center
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Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

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.
Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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 24th (Fri), look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in May, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 21°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Glacier Point. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and hike along Panorama Trail.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands, and take a memorable ride with Cable Cars.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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