15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Crescent City
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Avila Beach
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
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Anaheim
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Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Plan trip to Crescent City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Minneapolis to Crescent City is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in August; daily highs in Crescent City reach 63°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park ©
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. On your second day here, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crescent City in August, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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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. On the 7th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. On the 9th (Fri), trek along Point Buchon Trail, enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Avila Main Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Avila Beach trip planning website.

Drive from San Simeon to Avila Beach in an hour. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for slightly colder days in Avila Beach, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along Mariposa Grove, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Avila Beach to Yosemite National Park. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Avila Beach in August, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

A Land of Giants

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.
On the 13th (Tue), contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, cruise along Generals Hwy, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and finally stroll through Moro Rock Trail. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip app.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 95°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

Plan trip to Death Valley National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): discover the magic at Disneyland Park. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Anaheim trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Anaheim in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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