15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Mammoth Lakes
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Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly

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Mammoth Lakes

— 4 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. 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

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

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

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

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

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

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, take a stroll through 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 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.