15 days in California & Disney Itinerary

15 days in California & Disney Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
2
Carmel
— 1 night
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
6
Disney
— 1 night

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Golden Gate Park and Presidio of San Francisco. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco. In August, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Crissy Field ©
Crissy Field

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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 14th (Sat): snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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.
On the 15th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
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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 16th (Mon): see the sky in a new way at Camera Obscura, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, then stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): grab your bike and head to 26-Mile Bike Path, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and finally look for gifts at Bergamot Station.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Monica takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fantastic Race and Flightdeck Simulation Center. Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory will thrill your kids. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, have fun and explore at Travel Town, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool.

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Disney.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
Disney

Disney
Disney is a town in Mayes County, Oklahoma, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tee off at Shangri-La.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Disney vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Los Angeles to Disney with the Route module. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Disney can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Disney

Outdoors · Golf

Side Trip

Shangri-La
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