15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Timisoara
bus + Fly:  20​h
1
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  22​h
End: Timisoara

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 2nd (Tue), get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally learn about winemaking at Summerland Winery.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara itinerary planning tool .

Timisoara, Romania to Santa Barbara is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. When traveling from Timisoara in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Summerland Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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.
On the 4th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Asilomar State Beach and Bixby Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, contemplate the long history of The Old Monterey Jail, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dante's View and Artists Palette. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction--about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 6 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 23°C. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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