15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Montreal

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online day trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Montreal, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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 1st (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, things will get little chillier in San Simeon: highs are around 40°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey itinerary builder site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West will get you outdoors. Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Safari West, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sentinel Dome and Bridalveil Fall. Get outdoors at Vernal Fall and Taft Point. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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