15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kazan
Fly:  25​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
End: Kazan

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Mecanique and Exploratorium. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

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Kazan, Russia to San Francisco is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to San Francisco is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Kazan in October, expect San Francisco to be much warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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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. On the 5th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

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Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
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 6th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, stroll through Lembert Dome, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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.
On the 14th (Mon), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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