15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly to Las Vegas, Bus to Beatty
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Brisbane

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Stinson Beach, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in July since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): trek along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, stroll around MacKerricher State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then explore the striking landscape at Mendocino Headlands State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Damme State Park.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Crescent City

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 6th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Point St George Park, admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, trek along Stout Grove, then delve into the lush surroundings at Trees of Mystery, and finally stop by Rumiano Cheese Company. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, stroll through Trillium Falls Hike, then trek along California Coastal Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Crescent City trip builder website.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Crescent City in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in July, plan for much colder days in Crescent City, with highs around 19°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 8th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

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Getting from Crescent City to Death Valley National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in July; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 45°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: hike along Four Mile Trail, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and finally trek along Panorama Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail, then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and finally hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 43°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally take in the views from Big Creek Bridge. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, hike along Partington Cove, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and finally kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Big Sur hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.