15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Museum Gallery. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Ansel Adams Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and The Jimi Hendrix House. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are much hotter (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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 21st (Tue): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, thentake in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): look for gifts at AiX, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel journey planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in April, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

4
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.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery for their historical value. Do your shopping at The Grove and Montana Avenue. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hammer Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from San Simeon in April, with lows around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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