15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

1
night
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 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then contemplate the long history of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get your bearings at Annenberg Community Beach House, then stop by Hollywood & Highland, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online sightseeing planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in August, things will get cooler in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get little chillier in Santa Barbara: highs are around 28°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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 4th (Sun): shop like a local with Amphora Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Amphora Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 7th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 24°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

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

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (32°C), and nights are colder (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplace. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Twin Peaks and Musee Mecanique. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique

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