15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip builder

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Cambria
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Third Street Promenade and LA Farmers' Market. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Battleship USS Iowa Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Newport Beach (in Newport Beach) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, visit Angelino Heights Historic Area, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online holiday planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria

— 2 nights
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): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then get a new perspective on nature at Cambria Historical Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then view the masterpieces at Harmony Pottery Works, and finally view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria online travel planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Cambria in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, hike along Partington Cove, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawthorne Gallery, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur route tool.

Drive from Cambria to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Cambria, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Mecanique and California State Railroad Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Venture out of the city with trips to VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), Santa Rosa (Safari West & Charles M. Schulz Museum) and Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, and admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.