15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + train:  19​h 45​min
End: Birmingham


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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles attractions planning website .

Birmingham, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Birmingham to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Birmingham in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
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.
Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego visit website .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and stroll through Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in July, San Francisco is little chillier at night with lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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. For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Trails Wildlife

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally hike along Wawona Meadow. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

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Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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