15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Tampa

2
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 Twin Peaks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Modus Operandi Cellars). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, and steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online trip maker .

Tampa to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Tampa in May, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Napa online visit planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect little chillier with lows of 48°F in Napa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker .

Traveling by car from Napa to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in May, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Get outdoors at Taft Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove and then explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Redwood National Park: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

2
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach and then take a stroll through Montana Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Oak Canyon Nature Center and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Redwood National Park to Los Angeles. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Redwood National Park in June; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 79°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in San Diego hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

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