15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oracle Park and Golden Gate Park. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco online travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Oracle Park ©
Oracle Park

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a shuttle. In June in Monterey, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our San Simeon vacation planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Santa Barbara County Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel route planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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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 5th (Fri): explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then get great views at Dante's View, and then go deep underground at Eureka Mine.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 45°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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
Artists Dr
Artists Dr

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