15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary maker

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Oakland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Modesto
— 1 night
Drive
4
Walnut Creek
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Rosa
— 3 nights
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Oakland

— 4 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marin Headlands and Mountain View Cemetery.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Oakland journey tool.

Stockholm, Sweden to Oakland is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Stockholm to Oakland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stockholm in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Oakland: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Oakland

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Cruz

— 3 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Wilder Ranch State Park. Explore Santa Cruz's surroundings by going to Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing) and Ano Nuevo State Reserve (in Pescadero). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach, admire the striking features of Boardwalk's Cocoanut Grove, admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Cruz Wharf.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz vacation website.

Traveling by car from Oakland to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In June in Santa Cruz, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Modesto.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Modesto

— 1 night
Modesto, officially the City of Modesto, is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States. On the 9th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Great Valley Museum, steep yourself in history at McHenry Mansion, and then get to know the fascinating history of Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route.

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Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Modesto takes 2 hours. Traveling from Santa Cruz in June, expect nights in Modesto to be a bit warmer, around 19°C, while days are much warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Walnut Creek.

Things to do in Modesto

Historic Sites · Museums

Walnut Creek

— 2 nights
Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 16mi east of the city of Oakland. On the 10th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lindsay Wildlife Museum and then get outside with Shell Ridge Open Space.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Walnut Creek attractions planner.

You can drive from Modesto to Walnut Creek in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Modesto in June, with highs in Walnut Creek at 35°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Walnut Creek

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Santa Rosa

— 3 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Explore hidden gems such as Safari West and Point Reyes Safaris. Step out of Santa Rosa to go to Inverness and see Tomales Bay State Park, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Annadel State Park, walk around Spring Lake Park, learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, and sample some tasty brews at Ace It Bike Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Rosa holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Walnut Creek to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Rosa when traveling from Walnut Creek in June, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.