15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h
End: Ottawa

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.
Do your shopping at Amoeba Music and Santa Monica Farmers Market. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Nicholas Canyon Beach. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ottawa to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in August, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Nicholas Canyon Beach
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

5
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 Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. And it doesn't end there: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, cruise along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 Marshall’s Beach. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Exploratorium, make a trip to Lombard Street, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and get into the urban bustle at Civic Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
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.
On the 21st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Meeks Bay Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Pope Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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