15 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Mill Valley
— 3 nights
Fly to Las Vegas, Bus to Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

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, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder site.

Paris, France to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Paris to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in March, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. You will leave for Mill Valley on the 18th (Sat).
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Mill Valley — 3 nights

Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Change things up with a short trip to Sonoma Valley in Sonoma (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, contemplate the long history of Old Mill Park, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and make a trip to Lytton Square.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mill Valley trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Mill Valley by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mill Valley, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips

Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, admire all the interesting features of Artist's Drive, take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, then get great views at Dante's View, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mill Valley to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. In March in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Luis Obispo.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Luis Obispo — 2 nights

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): wander the streets of Bubblegum Alley and then indulge your senses at Central Coast Food and Wine Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo journey maker app.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Luis Obispo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in San Luis Obispo sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.
Tours · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors
Side Trips

Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Bella Monterey Bay has been added to your itinerary. There's much more to do: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough Safari, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in March, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.

Marin County travel guide

Forests · State Parks · Lookouts
Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the natural beauty of Marin County provides an optimal setting for the oldest cross-country running event in the United States. The area's first European visitors arrived as early as 1579; less than 20 years later, Portuguese explorer Sebastian Cermeno lost his ship while he was exploring the coast. Some of the Spanish influence can still be seen in the city of San Rafael, the county seat. Trails that ribbon through the mountains and along the coast inspired the first mountain bike. Artists have also garnered inspiration from the redwoods, mountains, and shores. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the county's civic center, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.