15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Durham

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Embarcadero. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, get to know the fascinating history of San Diego Bay Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego driving holiday planner .

Durham to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Durham to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Durham in July, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

Plan my day in Yosemite National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

1
night
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 26th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel visit planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 69°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and The Embarcadero are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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