15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive
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Napa
— 1 night
Drive
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Boulder Creek
— 2 nights
Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to San Diego International Airport
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): kick back and relax at China Beach, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a stroll through Union Square, and finally get great views at Twin Peaks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and then visit Chinatown.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco route site.

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, car, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Santa Rosa

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Rosa tour planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Santa Rosa, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 3rd (Mon), learn about winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Napa trip website.

Getting from Santa Rosa to Napa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Boulder Creek.

Things to do in Napa

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Museums

Boulder Creek

— 2 nights
Boulder Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, with a population of 4,923 as of the 2010 census.Boulder Creek served as the upper terminus of the San Lorenzo Valley Logging Flume terminating in Felton, which began construction in 1874 and when formally opened in October 1875 was augmented by a new rail line to transport logs to the wharf in Santa Cruz. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Boulder Creek holiday planner.

You can drive from Napa to Boulder Creek in 2.5 hours. August in Boulder Creek sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Boulder Creek

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

San Diego

— 2 nights

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.
Plan trip to San Diego with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Boulder Creek to San Diego. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Boulder Creek in August, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Palm Springs

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, admire the masterpieces at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with VillageFest.

To plan Palm Springs vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from San Diego to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 49°C to lows of 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away).

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Palm Springs in August, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. You will leave for home on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.