15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
2
Simi Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coronado Bridge and Botanical Building and Lily Pond. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, get in on the excitement at Petco Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in October; daily highs in San Diego reach 78°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Simi Valley.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado Island
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Coronado Bridge
Coronado Bridge

1
night
Simi Valley

Simi Valley ©
The city of Simi Valley, in the eponymous valley, is in the southeast corner of Ventura County, California, United States. You've now added Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Simi Valley itinerary tool .

Getting from San Diego to Simi Valley by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in October, you will find days in Simi Valley are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are a bit cooler (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Simi Valley

Museums
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5
nights
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.
You've now added La Brea Tar Pits and Museum to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Venice Canals Walkway and Hollywood Sign. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from Simi Valley to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Francisco Bay and Cable Car Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Chinatown, make a trip to Lombard Street, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, San Francisco is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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