15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Manchester


3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip site .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Asian Art Museum ©
Asian Art Museum

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lake Tahoe, and then contemplate the long history of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Nevada State Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Tallac Historic Site.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 8°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, Nevada State Museum, Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor

4
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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Nevada Falls Loop will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
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.
Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Montana Avenuefor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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