15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Golden Gate Park. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Walking tours

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sentinel Dome and Yosemite Falls. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
nights
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 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, get great views at Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On your second day here, cruise along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip website .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 101°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Los Angeles: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 24th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Simeon driving holiday website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and then trek along Moro Rock.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder .

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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