15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Geneva

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Van Damme State Park, do a tasting at Lula Cellars, and then do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg online travel route planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to Fort Bragg is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Geneva to Fort Bragg, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Geneva in June: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Philo, Van Damme State Park
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park

2
nights
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Visiting McWay Falls and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 25th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. It doesn't end there: hike along Point Lobos and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carmel sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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 27th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip maker .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Manzanar National Historic Site and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of Western Film History and General Sherman Tree. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, and delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

2
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 Olmsted Point and Mono Lake County Park. Step out of the city life by going to Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls and get great views at Tunnel View.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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