15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 4 nights

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links. We've included these beaches for you: Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Monterey is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Monterey. In June in Monterey, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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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.
On the 10th (Thu), add some adventure to your tour with Kayak Outfitters, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, make a trip to San Simeon Pier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (39°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

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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 11th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and finally take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, and then take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. Get outdoors at Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, trek along Wawona Meadow, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route planning app.

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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 16th (Wed): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online travel planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and South Carlsbad State Beach. Visiting La Jolla Shores Park and Coronado Island will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Borrego Springs (Yaqui Well & Anza-Borrego Desert State Park), Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). It doesn't end there: walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and immerse yourself in nature at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Diego by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are cooler, around 26°C. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Coronado Island, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

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