15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Train + Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 15 min
5
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Atlanta

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 30th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, get curious at Exploratorium, and then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

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Atlanta to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in June, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, then take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, then look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Sonoma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Sonoma to be little chillier, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Napa, Castello di Amorosa, Mumm Napa
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Wine Tours & Tastings
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Wed), make a trip to Olmsted Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip builder.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Sonoma to Yosemite National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Sonoma in July, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Shopping
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Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail ©
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and National Steinbeck Center. Visit Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Monterey to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Carmel River State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, National Steinbeck Center
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
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 9th (Sun): unwind over a drink at Magicopolis, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Monterey to Santa Monica by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Monica: highs are around 76°F and lows about 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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 10th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Carpinteria State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oxnard Beach Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Monica in July since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Oxnard Beach Park, Carpinteria State Beach
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Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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