15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + shuttle + bus + Fly:  21​h
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Marshall’s Beach and Exploratorium. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Rockaway Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

1
night
Carmel

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 16th (Fri): stop by The Cheese Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel route planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and The Grove. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Mountains) and Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Head underground at Bronson Caves.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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 22nd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along General Grant Tree Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, shuttle, and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

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