15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in May, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

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Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in St. Helena to be slightly colder, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
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. On the 11th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from St. Helena in May, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
Take a break from the city and head to North Dome and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in May, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
North Dome ©
North Dome

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 16th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
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.
On the 18th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hillcrest Farmers Market and then hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in San Diego are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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