15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kristiansand
Fly:  25​h
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Kristiansand

1
night
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 23rd (Thu): cruise along Generals Hwy, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock. Keep things going the next day: hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip site .

Kristiansand, Norway to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Kristiansand to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kristiansand, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

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 Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Wed), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, and then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): wander the streets of North Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): trek along Partington Cove, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Big Sur online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online trip maker .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 4 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in September, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park tour itinerary site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from San Simeon in September, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon

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