15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 11th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ghost Town of Schwab. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip maker tool .

San Francisco to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from San Francisco in February, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Falls and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Visiting Curry Village Ice Rink and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Washburn Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and hike along North Dome.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of car and bus takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 10°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, then step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are much warmer (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Carmel in February, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel ©
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollyhock House. The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, explore the galleries of Avila Adobe, contemplate the long history of Angels Flight Railway, and take a stroll through El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles route planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 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 February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 23rd (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Las Palmas.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, you will find days in Palm Springs are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

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