15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive

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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planner.

Las Vegas to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, San Francisco is little chillier than Las Vegas - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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. Visiting Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

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Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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 12th (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 step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Camaldoli Hermitage.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 78°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in April, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 59°F and lows about 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, cruise along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.