15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal, Quebec

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. Head to Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site .

Montreal, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-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 to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): stroll through Meeks Bay Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then stroll through Kiva Beach.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe road trip app .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at NFL Shop Pier 39, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then get curious at Exploratorium, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Getting from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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 17th (Wed): look for gifts at AiX, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip maker website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
On the 18th (Thu), shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and then walk around La Jolla Cove. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego attractions planning app .

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carmel in June since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): browse the different shops at The Grove, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally stop by Amoeba Music. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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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