15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
6
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Tallinn

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. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Marina District, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco visit planner .

Tallinn, Estonia to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to San Francisco is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Tallinn in November, plan for warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 20°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then stroll through Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carmel itinerary website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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.
On the 5th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, and then kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego travel tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and then wander the streets of Montana Avenue. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally stop by Bergamot Station.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, make a trip to Valley View, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in December, expect Yosemite National Park to be colder, temps between 9°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
Healdsburg

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, then do a tasting at Ferrari-Carano Winery, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Healdsburg road trip planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Healdsburg hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Cap off 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
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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