15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California attractions planner
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Crescent City
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Grace Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and admire all the interesting features of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to San Francisco is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 11 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Doha in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Crescent City.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Crescent City — 2 nights

Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and then trek along Stout Grove. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach and then delve into the mystery of Trees of Mystery.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Crescent City itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Crescent City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Crescent City at 19°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Crescent City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Crescent City in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Half Dome. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Big Sur.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Big Sur — 1 night

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur by car takes about 5.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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 23rd (Sat): look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery.

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Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much warmer, around 40°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trip

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.