15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip 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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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Petersen Automotive Museum and Montana Avenue. For shopping fun, head to Annenberg Community Beach House or Two Rodeo Drive. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, approximately Beverly Hills away. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Chicago to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 15th (Wed): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In June, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 98°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Half Dome. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Ansel Adams Gallery. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Four Mile Trail, hike along Cathedral Lake Trail, and surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June; daily highs in San Simeon reach 93°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Carmel

— 3 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and look for gifts at AiX.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are colder, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Step off the beaten path and head to V. Sattui Winery and Ferry Building Marketplace. The adventure continues: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and get curious at Exploratorium.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.