15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Sat), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in February, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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. On the 11th (Mon), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then learn about winemaking at Scheid Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then trek along Partington Cove, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and finally stroll through Piedras Blancas.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cambria trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in February, Cambria is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Rock, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eureka Mine and California Historical Landmark 507. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, hike along Gower Gulch Loop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fall Canyon.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Cambria to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in February, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

California Historical Landmark 507
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll through June Mountain, identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park, and then stop by Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Lakes Valley Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in February, with highs in Mammoth Lakes at 10°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Little Lakes Valley Trail, June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center ©
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
June Mountain ©
June Mountain
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey builder website .

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 2 hours. February in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
North Dome ©
North Dome

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