15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Carmel
— 1 night
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
6
Healdsburg
— 2 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stop by Marina District, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Tallinn, Estonia to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Tallinn in November, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 12°C, while days are much warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Tours · Wineries

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip app.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego travel route planner.

Fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in December, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 7th (Fri), stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, and then take a stroll through Montana Avenue. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, and finally look for gifts at Bergamot Station.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica itinerary planning website.

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Grove ©
The Grove

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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, get great views at Valley View, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park attractions app.

Getting from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 14 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Santa Monica in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 9°C and lows at -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your plan
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Ferrari-Carano Winery, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Healdsburg road trip planning site.

Do a combination of bus and train from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Healdsburg are a bit warmer (18°C), and nights are much hotter (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

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