15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Birmingham
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
Birmingham

2
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Badwater, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker.

Birmingham, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 24°C, while days are much warmer, around 46°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Golden Canyon
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Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon

2
days
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest Museum Trailhead. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 42°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, stop by Shell Shop Inc, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon vacation builder.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in San Simeon are colder (18°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

2
days
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 30th (Wed), trek along Partington Cove, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tenaya Lake and Olmsted Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tuolumne Meadows and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, cruise along Tioga Pass, and admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Big Sur in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are slightly colder (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

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