15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation maker

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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Tioga Pass. The adventure continues: hike along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route builder app.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Yosemite National Park is minus 11 hours. In August, Yosemite National Park is cooler than Kuwait City - with highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 6th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and then make a trip to General Sherman Tree. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 41°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
On the 8th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, San Simeon is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 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. On the 9th (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip site.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Musee Mecanique. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.