15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Train to Copenhagen Airport, Fly to San Diego
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly to Copenhagen, Train to Malmo

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coronado Beach and Moonlight State Beach. Head to Seaport Village and Las Americas Premium Outletsfor plenty of shopping. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online journey planner.

Malmo, Sweden to San Diego is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Malmo in May; daily highs in San Diego reach 25°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): listen to music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, then admire the masterpieces at The Broad, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Pasadena. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, and finally stop by LA Farmers' Market.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stop by Italian Pottery Outlet and then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip tool.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Los Angeles in May, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
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Yosemite National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): hike along Panorama Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in May, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 21°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.
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South Lake Tahoe — 2 nights

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Nevada State Museum, stop by Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, and then kick back and relax at Secret Cove Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe visit planning tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3 hours. May in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Asian Art Museum. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Oxbow Public Market in Napa, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stroll through Alcatraz Island.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online itinerary planner.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in May, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.
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Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.
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