15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 6 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 El Capitan. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, identify plant and animal life at YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Asilomar State Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 11th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Simeon attractions planning tool.

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in May, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

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 Golden Gate Bridge. Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately Calistoga away. It doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online vacation builder.

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.