15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Crescent City
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  9​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive + bus:  8​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at Stinson Beach, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stinson Beach, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): trek along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, stroll through Seaside Beach, stroll around MacKerricher State Park, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendocino Headlands State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Van Damme State Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Fort Bragg are much hotter (41°C), and nights are about the same (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

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. On the 6th (Sat), explore the activities along Point St George Park, immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stout Grove, then get in on the family fun at Trees of Mystery, and finally stop by Rumiano Cheese Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, then trek along Trillium Falls Hike, then hike along California Coastal Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Crescent City online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Crescent City by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car 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 slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Trees of Mystery
Highlights from your plan
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, cruise along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Crescent City to Death Valley National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in July; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 45°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: 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.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): hike along Congress Trail, then hike along General Grant Tree Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and finally trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

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You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
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): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally take in the views from Big Creek Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, trek along Partington Cove, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Big Sur in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. On the 15th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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