15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder tool.

Manila, Philippines to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Manila to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manila in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Carmel

— 1 night
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 25th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Badger Pass Ski Area and North Dome. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, hike along Mariposa Grove, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in December, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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 1st (Wed), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Diego, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.