15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Manchester

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions site .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Manchester - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

3
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in May, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Getty Center The Publications and Santa Monica Pier. Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Pack the 29th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take an in-depth tour of Avila Adobe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online travel planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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