15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 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:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Diego journey planner .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Toronto to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in San Diego are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

3
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.
Head to Amoeba Music and The Grovefor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, & more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, Yosemite National Park is colder at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stop by The Cheese Shop, stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Outdoors

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.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

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Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

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