15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lyon
Tram + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  16​h
End: Lyon

3
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, walk around Balboa Park, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Lyon, France to San Diego is an approximately 19-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Lyon in December, expect nights in San Diego to be somewhat warmer, around 12°C, while days are warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

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Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 9°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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