15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bridgeport
— 1 night
Drive
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
6
Monterey
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Sydney

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at de Young Museum and SS Jeremiah O'Brien capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, shop like a local with Union Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

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Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

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Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bridgeport

— 1 night
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Bodie State Historic Park.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport. In May, daily temperatures in Bridgeport can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

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Traveling by car from Bridgeport to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bridgeport in May, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Simeon day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 24th (Sun), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and finally stop by AiX. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in May, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (21°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). You will leave for home on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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.