15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  7​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, and then pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church and then take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego visit planning site .

Ottawa, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Ottawa to San Diego. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Ottawa in June, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yosemite National Park trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gallery by the Sea Carmel and Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Carmel to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Dennis the Menace Park
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Harmony Pottery Works, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Cambria vacation builder app .

Getting from Carmel to Cambria by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Harmony Pottery Works
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, get a taste of the local shopping with Highlight Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, then kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, and finally stroll through Pudding Creek Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cambria to Fort Bragg by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Beaches Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery ©
Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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