15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to El Capitan and Tioga Pass. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Hathaway Pines to see Stanislaus National Forest about 38 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel River State Beach and Bixby Bridge. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, look for gifts at Carmel Bay Company, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip app.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 15.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Carmel, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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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 14th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

Before you visit San Simeon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dante's View and Harmony Borax Works. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planning app.

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 October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Death Valley National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr
Artists Dr

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