15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  14​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, browse the different shops at The Grove, then stop by Hollywood & Highland, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

Manchester, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in March: highs in Los Angeles hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 2nd (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, stop by The Sacred Space, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally wander the streets of State Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Santa Barbara. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Sacred Space
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space

3
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
For shopping fun, head to Cambria Nursery & Florist or Rons. You'll get in some beach time at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon), Lucia Apothecary (in Cambria) and Brown Butter Cookie Company (in Cayucos). There's more to do: look for gifts at The Garden Gallery and do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paso Robles holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Paso Robles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, San Simeon, Jack Creek Celllars, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Brown Butter Cookie Company ©
Brown Butter Cookie Company

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Carmel Art Association, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, look for gifts at Trio Carmel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, then look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then savor the flavors at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at The Pilgrims Way Books and Secret Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Paso Robles in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, snap pictures at Pohono Bridge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and finally get great views at Tunnel View. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, then get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, then get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and finally shop like a local with Union Square.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are much hotter (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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