15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip website.

Manchester, UK to San Diego is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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.
The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Griffith Observatory and The Nethercutt Collection. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, and kick back and relax at Original Muscle Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday maker tool.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stop by AiX, then enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Lovers Point, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive, and finally take an in-depth tour of Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monterey online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect Monterey to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Yosemite Museum Gallery or Ansel Adams Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and El Capitan. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, get great views at Valley View, trek along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Monterey in October, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are much hotter (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.