15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+2
train + Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lone Pine
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + foot + Fly + train:  18​h
End: Brussels

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Mariposa Grove and Bridalveil Fall. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake Vista Point in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, trek along Shadow of the Giants Trail, and make a trip to Washburn Point.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Brussels, Belgium to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Brussels to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of -2°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Lone Pine.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Shadow of the Giants Trail, Mono Lake Vista Point
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

4
nights
Lone Pine

Lone Pine ©
Lone Pine is a census designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Giant Forest and Moro Rock. Escape the urban bustle at Artists Dr and Kings Canyon National Park. Explore Lone Pine's surroundings by going to Death Valley National Park (Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point, & more) and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Grizzly Falls & General Grant Tree Trail).

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lone Pine trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Lone Pine in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: high temperatures in Lone Pine hover around 28°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Lone Pine

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Park
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas.

Plan my day in San Simeon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Lone Pine to San Simeon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in San Simeon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

3
nights
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. Kids will enjoy Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pfeiffer State Beach and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see McWay Falls about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in April: highs in Carmel hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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