15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner
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Fly to Las Vegas, Bus to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get great views at Dante's View and then take some stellar pictures from Father Crowley Vista Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online vacation planner.

New York City to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 98°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bridalveil Fall and Tioga Pass. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, get great views at Valley View, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route planning app.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to General Sherman Tree and General Grant Tree Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. It doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and take a memorable drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 94°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Simeon.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Simeon — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then stroll through Piedras Blancas, and then hike along Salmon Creek Falls Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, San Simeon is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
Side Trip

Carmel — 5 nights

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 in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Asilomar State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online journey planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Carmel are colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). You will leave for home on the 18th (Sat).
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.