15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Montana Avenue. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Los Angeles fast, fun, and easy.

Toronto, Canada to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December, Los Angeles is warmer than Toronto - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Badwater Basin and Artists Palette. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and cruise along Artists Dr.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip maker .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

1
night
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 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then look for gifts at Fermentations Wine Tasting.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip builder app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Fermentations Wine Tasting
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fermentations Wine Tasting ©
Fermentations Wine Tasting

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then stop by AiX. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel journey maker website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from San Simeon in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey Bay, Pfeiffer State Beach, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Shop till you drop at Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplace. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Union Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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