15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Bodie State Historic Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Lembert Dome, get great views at Tunnel View, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

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Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Monterey, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon journey planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (94°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

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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.
Visiting Moro Rock and Kings Canyon National Park will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Go for a jaunt from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Lone Pine to see Museum of Western Film History about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in August since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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