15 days in California Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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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.
Visit Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Newport Beach and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Broad, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, get engrossed in the history at Skirball Cultural Center, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Los Angeles is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Brussels, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, see the interesting displays at Reagan Ranch Center, then get engrossed in the history at Casa del Herrero, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 29°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cambria.
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Cambria — 1 night

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). You've now added Moonstone Beach to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, then do a tasting at Stolo Vineyards & Winery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Cambria day trip tool.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.
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Carmel — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hike along Scenic Road Walkway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel, and finally do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Cambria in October, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Marin Headlands. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio) and Muir Beach (in Muir Beach). It doesn't end there: go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour and kick back and relax at Ocean Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.
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Calistoga — 1 night

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Trinchero Napa Valley, do a tasting at MacLaren, do a tasting at La Rochelle Winery, do a tasting at Westwood Estate Wines, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, and finally learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Calistoga trip planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Calistoga to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): walk around Mariposa Grove, identify plant and animal life at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Four Mile Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and then hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

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Getting from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Calistoga in October: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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California travel guide

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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.
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