15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Monterey
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Bogota

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Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 18th (Sun), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then kick back and relax at Breakwater, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Bogota, Colombia to Monterey is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Bogota to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Bogota in July, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and then make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, cruise along Tioga Pass, trek along North Dome, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then stroll through Moro Rock Trail. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, then get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then cruise along Generals Hwy.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 43°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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 28th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then surround yourself with nature on Stepladder Ranch & Creamery, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): discover the magic at Downtown Disney District and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim day trip planning site.

Fly from San Simeon to Anaheim in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

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.