15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stop by Rainbow Grocery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

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Bengaluru, India to San Francisco is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 13 hours. When traveling from Bengaluru in December, plan for much colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

San Gregorio State Beach
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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 19th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel holiday builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Carmel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Visit Mission Beach Park and Black's Beach for some beach relaxation. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In December, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

4
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Shop till you drop at Santa Monica Farmers Market and The Grove. Step out of Santa Monica to go to Manhattan Beach and see Manhattan Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, stop by Amoeba Music, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and make a trip to Third Street Promenade.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary tool .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. December in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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