15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

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Sacramento
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Santa Maria
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum and then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento trip itinerary maker app.

Boston to Sacramento is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Boston in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in July, you will find days in San Francisco are much colder (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

San Jose

— 2 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Almaden Lake Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Jose, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, kick back and relax at Breakwater, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Getting from San Jose to Monterey by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Jose in July, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Maria

— 1 night
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. On the 12th (Mon), stroll through Pismo State Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Maria visit planning site.

Getting from Monterey to Santa Maria by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Maria, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 13th (Tue), admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then take in the pleasant sights at Santa Barbara Harbor.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip website.

Getting from Santa Maria to Santa Barbara by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites

Los Angeles

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at 26-Mile Bike Path, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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 15th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park and then appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Diego journey planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.