15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to New York City

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Crescent City

— 2 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll through Wilson Creek Beach, cruise along Requa Road, then kick back and relax at Enderts Beach, and finally trek along Point St George Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oregon Redwood Trail, admire the majestic nature at McVay Rock State Recreation Site, and then admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Crescent City trip itinerary planning site.

New York City to Crescent City is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In June, Crescent City is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Monterey.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Family-friendly places like Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scenic Road Walkway and Asilomar State Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Lovers Point, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, and admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Monterey day trip tool.

You can fly from Crescent City to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Crescent City in June: highs in Monterey hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 25th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluff Trail, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jade Cove, and then hike along Salmon Creek Falls Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon holiday website.

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

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 27th (Sun): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, then stroll through Crescent Meadow Rd, and then hike along Moro Rock Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, then explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, and finally trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Kids will enjoy Yosemite Falls and Cloud's Rest. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, trek along May Lake Trailhead, steep yourself in history at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour website.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, expect Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 79°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 2nd (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 73°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 101°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks

California travel guide

4.1
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.