15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

Make it your trip
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Panorama Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 25th (Thu), kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Big Sur road trip planning website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Big Sur, with highs around 23°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

San Simeon

— 3 nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hearst Castle and Hearst Ranch Winery. Piedras Blancas Light Station and The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon tour site.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fort Bragg

— 1 night
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 29th (Mon), kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and then do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus. June in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately Calistoga away. There's lots more to do: stop by Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.