15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Reno, Fly to Denver

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South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodie State Historic Park and National Automobile Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Secret Cove Beach and Bowers Mansion Regional Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Incline Village (Incline Beach & Burnt Cedar Beach).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe day trip app.

Denver to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Denver in July, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 82°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 day
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.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Simeon takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, things will get somewhat warmer in San Simeon: highs are around 94°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls. On your second day here, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary site.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are cooler, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Musee Mecanique. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Legion of Honor. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento--about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing site.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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 Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, get great views at Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.