15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  21​h 30​min
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and Del Mar Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Cheese Shop and Trio Carmel. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). There's lots more to do: trek along Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Monte Beach, stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Breakwater.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carmel attractions planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Carmel is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Singapore to Carmel. When traveling from Singapore in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 26°C, while nights are colder with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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 3rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, stop by Sebastian General Store, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 33°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Visiting Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

Plan a trip to Yosemite National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Simeon in October; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 22°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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 Union Square and Alcatraz Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Food Tours. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Bodega Dunes in Bodega, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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