15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Bodega Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  15​h
End: Birmingham

1
night
Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay ©
Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bodega Bay online route planner .

Birmingham, UK to Bodega Bay is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Bodega Bay is minus 8 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in October: highs in Bodega Bay hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Bodega Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Dunes, Patrick Amiot, Petaluma Seed Bank, Goat Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Petaluma Seed Bank ©
Petaluma Seed Bank

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Exploratorium. We've included these beaches for you: Marshall’s Beach and Baker Beach. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get into the urban bustle at Civic Center, browse the different shops at NFL Shop Pier 39, and don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Bodega Bay to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Bodega Bay in October, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel journey website .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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.
Get in touch with nature at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: make a trip to Half Dome, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect much colder with lows of -2°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then hike along Buena Vista Peak Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sightseeing tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be much hotter, around 12°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Buena Vista Peak Trail ©
Buena Vista Peak Trail
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

2
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 17th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, then kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and then trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego travel route planning app .

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
On the 19th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Royal Palms State Beach, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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