15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Exeter
train + Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + train:  20​h 30​min
End: Exeter

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Relax by the water at Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sur: Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge (in Pacific Grove), Carmel (Point Lobos, Carmel River State Beach, & more) and Monterey (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Del Monte Beach). It doesn't end there: trek along Partington Cove.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Big Sur driving holiday planner.

Exeter, UK to Big Sur is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Exeter to Big Sur, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Exeter, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Monterey
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Del Monte Beach ©
Del Monte Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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 Olmsted Point and Mono Lake County Park. Get in touch with nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Big Sur in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C, while lows dip to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
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Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then stroll through Piedras Blancas.

Plan trip to San Simeon with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in San Simeon hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, Morro Rock, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Jack Creek Celllars ©
Jack Creek Celllars
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get outdoors at Fall Canyon and Wildrose Peak Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and get great views at Dante's View.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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