15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  19​h
1
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes itinerary planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Barcelona to Mammoth Lakes due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in July, Mammoth Lakes is cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip planning app .

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in San Simeon: highs are around 40°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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 21st (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stroll through Carmel River State Beach. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Carmel tour builder site .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
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 Twin Peaks. Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco visit planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

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