15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  18​h
End: London

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bodie State Historic Park and Tuolumne Meadows. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel View and Glacier Point. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, and then kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip planning app .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Manzanar National Historic Site. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in September since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park vacation planner .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In September in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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