15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Patong, Phuket
bus + Fly:  25​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  22​h 15​min
End: Patong, Phuket

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Mission Beach Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego journey planner .

Patong, Thailand to San Diego is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Patong to San Diego due to the time zone difference. In June, San Diego is little chillier than Patong - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for gifts at Amoeba Music, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and finally browse the different shops at The Grove.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles route website .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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

3
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 Taft Point and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and trek along Cathedral Lake Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
North Dome ©
North Dome

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 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco journey builder website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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