15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel planner

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company and then browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey builder website.

Edinburgh, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Edinburgh to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

Santa Cruz

— 1 night
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Elkhorn Slough Safari.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz online travel planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Cruz, with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Big Sur in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In November in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:

Morro Bay

— 1 night
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 23rd (Tue), stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Morro Bay itinerary planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Morro Bay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Morro Bay, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally look for gifts at Chocolate Maya.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara tour builder app.

Getting from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Santa Monica

— 1 night

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then admire the masterpieces at Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, then cruise along Mulholland Drive, and finally admire the striking features of Spadena House.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica day trip website.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Santa Monica. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 26:

San Diego

— 3 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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip tool.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. November in San Diego sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Los Angeles

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. On your second day here, discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally shop like a local with The Grove.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

California travel guide

4.1
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.