15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  6 h
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: London

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, enjoy some diversion at RocketBoat, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and have fun and explore at The Exploratorium.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco custom trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

5
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas. Venture out of the city with trips to Morro Bay (Morro Rock, Shell Shop Inc, & more) and Montana de Oro State Park (in Los Osos). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, and tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Simeon online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Simeon are colder (18°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, Montana de Oro State Park
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

3
nights
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, steep yourself in history at Stevenson House, and immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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