15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip tool .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 28th (Fri), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena road trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then stop by The Cheese Shop, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from St. Helena to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. While traveling from St. Helena, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Trails Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, stroll through Panorama Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome

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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Relax by the water at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Del Rey Beach, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles driving holiday planning app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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 Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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