15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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


Los Angeles — 2 nights

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 Santa Monica State Beach. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame 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. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. 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.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

San Diego — 3 nights

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 Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. We've included these beaches for you: Children's Pool and Mission Beach Park. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Black's Beach, take a tour by water with San Diego Scuba Guide, and examine the collection at Mingei International Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. May in San Diego sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Moss Landing.
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.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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 Mariposa Grove. 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 North Dome, 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.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco — 2 nights

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.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours
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California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.