15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly + Drive:  23​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

4
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.
Visiting Panorama Trail and Nevada Falls Loop will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tioga Pass and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Yosemite National Park is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Kuwait City in August, expect Yosemite National Park to be colder, temps between 32°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and then make a trip to General Sherman Tree. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In August, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 41°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

1
night
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 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Carmel road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and Twin Peaks. Let the collections at Musee Mecanique and SS Jeremiah O'Brien capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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