15 days in California, Sedona & Phoenix Itinerary

15 days in California, Sedona & Phoenix Itinerary

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Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
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Palm Desert
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 4 nights
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
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Pismo Beach

— 2 nights
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Montana de Oro State Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Wed), do a tasting at Niner Wine Estates, then do a tasting at Adelaida Vineyards & Winery, then stop by Alapay Cellars, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pismo State Beach. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park, then stop by Brown Butter Cookie Company, and then do a tasting at Castoro Cellars.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pismo Beach tour itinerary planning tool.

Los Angeles to Pismo Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or fly; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Pismo Beach, with lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Your list of things to see and do now includes Partington Cove, Limekiln State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and other attractions. Get outdoors at Lovers Point and Pfeiffer State Beach. Head to Ocean Avenue and The Cheese Shopfor plenty of shopping.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel travel website.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Pismo Beach in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Carlsbad

— 2 nights

Village by the Sea

Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Swami's Beach, look for gifts at Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants, and then do a tasting at Vindemia Estate Winery. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at MainStreet Oceanside, then do a tasting at Ponte Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Europa Village.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Carmel to Carlsbad in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Palm Desert

— 2 nights
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. South Carlsbad State Beach has been added to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at The Street Fair at College of the Desert, take in the awesome beauty at Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness, look for gifts at Temecula Olive Oil Company, then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, then learn about winemaking at Wiens Family Cellars - Winery, and finally kick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Palm Desert trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Palm Desert in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Carlsbad in October, things will get a bit warmer in Palm Desert: highs are around 92°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Sedona

— 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Montezuma Well. Head to Oak Creek Vista Point and Center for the New Agefor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sedona: V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock), Jerome State Historic Park (in Jerome) and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park (in Flagstaff). There's lots more to do: visit Historic Old Town Cottonwood, trek along Doe Mountain Trail, and do a tasting at Page Springs Cellars.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sedona road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Palm Desert to Sedona in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Palm Desert in October, expect Sedona to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get into the urban bustle at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Arizona Mills and then tee off at Troon North Golf Club.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Phoenix road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Phoenix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sedona in October, expect Phoenix to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Shopping · Outdoors · Golf

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.