15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sioux Falls
Fly:  10​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Sioux Falls

5
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

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Sioux Falls to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Sioux Falls in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Family-friendly places like Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach will thrill your kids. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: San Simeon (Hearst Castle & Elephant Seal Rookery) and McWay Falls (in Big Sur). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and walk around Dennis the Menace Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey tour planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Monterey to be somewhat warmer, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and California State Railroad Museum. Appreciate the collections at California Academy of Sciences and USS Pampanito. Step out of San Francisco to go to Guerneville and see Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

California State Railroad Museum, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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