15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Timisoara
Fly:  18​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  22​h
End: Timisoara

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Golden Gate Park and Muir Woods National Monument. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Exploratorium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner .

Timisoara, Romania to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Timisoara to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Timisoara in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

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

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 8th (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carmel route website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

Plan a San Simeon trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 13th (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip site .

Getting from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect Death Valley National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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