15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Parsons Memorial, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 59°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Museums Shopping Beaches
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Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

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 10th (Wed), shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Legion of Honor capture your imagination. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Chinatown, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): savor the flavors at Mumm Napa, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in April since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Rutherford, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from St. Helena to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Helena in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 58°F in San Diego. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollyhock House. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, explore the galleries of Avila Adobe, and explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip planning website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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