15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights

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San Diego

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and The Graves House are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Coronado Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of San Diego to go to Oceanside and see Oceanside Pier, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planning app.

Fort Lauderdale to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 73°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Must see
Coronado Island
4.7

2
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, then hike along Big Stump Basin, and then hike along General Grant Tree Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Hiking Trail
Big Stump Basin
4.5

1
night
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 29th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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4
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Relax by the water at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get outdoors at Monterey Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, make a trip to John Denver Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at McAbee Beach, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Monterey hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Must see
Monterey Bay
4.8

3
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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.
Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Bridalveil Fall
4.5
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Must see
El Capitan
4.9

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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 7th (Wed), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then cruise along Artists Dr, and finally explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Dante's View
4.9
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Must see
Zabriskie Point
4.8
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Must see
Badwater Basin
4.7

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