15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Moss Landing
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway for their historical value. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Santa Monica Mountains, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel website.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Los Angeles. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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 La Jolla Cove and Lions, Tigers & Bears. We've included these beaches for you: Children's Pool and Mission Beach Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, discover the deep blue sea with San Diego Scuba Guide, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip app.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Moss Landing.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Moss Landing

— 2 nights
Moss Landing is a census designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of San Juan Bautista State Historic Park and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Salinas River State Beach, then head outdoors with Elkhorn Slough Safari, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moss Landing State Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Moss Landing, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Moss Landing takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in May since evenings lows in Moss Landing dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Moss Landing

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sentinel Dome and North Dome. Get some historical perspective at Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Wapama Falls, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove, and see human ingenuity at work at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Moss Landing to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Moss Landing in May, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace and then get outside with Point Reyes Safaris.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.