15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). Pack the 21st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder tool.

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Francisco, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Dome.

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Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.