15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Petersen Automotive Museum and Griffith Observatory. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Annenberg Community Beach House (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Los Angeles is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Los Angeles is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Cairo in December, Los Angeles is little chillier at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Gower Gulch Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, then cruise along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get slightly colder in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 56°F and lows about 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vernal Fall and Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: stroll through McGurk Meadow, explore the striking landscape at North Dome, trek along May Lake Trailhead, and walk around Mariposa Grove.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 46°F and lows are around 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, then hike along Moro Rock Trail, and finally take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in San Simeon are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker site.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at California Academy of Sciences, then get curious at Exploratorium, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.