15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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St. Helena
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
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Malibu
— 2 nights
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San Francisco — 3 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

Make your San Francisco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Edmonton, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Edmonton to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in September, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.
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Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
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St. Helena — 3 nights

The city of St.
On the 7th (Sat), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Trefethen Family Vineyards, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena travel planning site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.
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San Diego — 3 nights

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 San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey planner.

Fly from St. Helena to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.
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Laguna Beach — 3 nights

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Step out of Laguna Beach with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Temecula--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Heisler Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove, stroll through Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and stop by Buy Hand.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Laguna Beach road trip planning site.

You can drive from San Diego to Laguna Beach in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Laguna Beach are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Malibu.
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Malibu — 2 nights

Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Take a break from Malibu with a short trip to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach.

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Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and tram; or do a combination of bus and tram. September in Malibu sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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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Napa Valley travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.
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