15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

15 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
1
Eureka
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Diego

1
night
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. On the 9th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Ferndale Historic Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse and then stroll through Trinidad State Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Eureka tour itinerary builder tool .

San Diego to Eureka is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. In June, Eureka is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Arcata, Trinidad, Ferndale Historic Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Ferndale Historic Cemetery ©
Ferndale Historic Cemetery
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©

2
nights
San Simeon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, then shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and finally kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and finally enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon route builder site .

You can drive from Eureka to San Simeon in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Eureka in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

3
nights
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Point Pinos Lighthouse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dennis the Menace Park and Lovers Point. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Moss Landing (Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve & The Shakespeare Society of America). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Moss Landing, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
On the 16th (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Panorama Trail and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are a bit cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, enjoy the sand and surf at Baby Beach, and then partake in some friendly competition at Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saddleback Church, take in the history at Mission San Antonio de Pala, then learn about winemaking at Peltzer Winery, and finally have fun and explore at Pennypickle's Workshop - Temecula Children's Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach trip itinerary builder app .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Laguna Beach with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Laguna Beach, with lows around 63°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, Mission San Antonio de Pala, Saddleback Church, Baby Beach, Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt ©
Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt
Saddleback Church ©
Saddleback Church

2
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.
On the 20th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Greystone Mansion and Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Pasadena. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew Church, then admire the natural beauty at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Redondo Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder .

You can drive from Laguna Beach to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Pasadena, U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Greystone Mansion and Park
Highlights from your plan
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

Similar Plans

17 days in United States BY A USER FROM EGYPT April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in California BY A USER FROM INDONESIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 19 days in California BY A USER FROM GUATEMALA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in California BY A USER FROM ISRAEL March, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in California BY A USER FROM ITALY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM INDONESIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in California & Indianapolis BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in California & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in California BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM EGYPT August, kids, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, kids, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans