15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Wine Tours & Tastings. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Safari West. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of Nob Hill.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online sightseeing planner.

Singapore, Singapore to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Singapore to San Francisco. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park journey maker.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 43°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 20th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas.

For maps and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 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. On the 21st (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.