15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Yosemite National Park (Panorama Trail, Sentinel Dome, &more).

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes vacation builder app.

Barcelona, Spain to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. 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 much colder 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 · Trails

Side Trip

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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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.
On the 17th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, get great views at Dante's View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. On the next day, cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park journey maker website.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 45°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. 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

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

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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 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In July, San Simeon is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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 21st (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planning website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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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.
Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Exploratorium, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel website.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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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