15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Exploratorium. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning site.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Manchester - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

3
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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 Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Village will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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. Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore hidden gems such as Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel Art Association. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Hawthorne Gallery in Big Sur--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, stroll through Del Mar Beach, and stop by AiX.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Carmel route planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

2
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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 15th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach, look for gifts at Fermentations Wine Tasting, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

1
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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.