15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Toronto in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ferry Building Marketplace and NFL Shop Pier 39. Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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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 (Fri), stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel online travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park holiday maker tool.

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in October, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

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 16th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, then make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

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Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, Los Angeles is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in San Diego, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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.