15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Quebec City

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online trip builder .

Quebec City, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Quebec City to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Quebec City in August, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 43°C and lows at 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, trek along Lembert Dome, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online visit planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 25th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): kick back and relax at Seaside Beach, immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Van Damme State Park, then hike along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip planning website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Fort Bragg in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, then wander the streets of SoMa, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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