15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Bridgeport
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

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.
Get some cultural insight at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along Mariposa Grove, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Boston to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Boston in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park and then steep yourself in history at Bodie State Historic Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bridgeport trip site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bridgeport can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

2
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 2nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then cruise along Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

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Traveling by car from Bridgeport to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bridgeport in June, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 98°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon holiday planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, with highs in San Simeon at 93°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and finally stop by AiX. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Monterey are colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, AiX
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Musee Mecanique. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online day trip planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Shopping

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

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