15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
car:  6​h 30​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Anaheim
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
7
Long Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Raleigh

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Winchester Mystery House. On the 9th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then make a trip to Lombard Street. On the next day, walk around Golden Gate Park, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, and finally examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip app .

Raleigh to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Raleigh to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Raleigh in July, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Winchester Mystery House
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
On the 14th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, cruise along Generals Hwy, and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 98°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

For photos and other tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You've added Studio Tour, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles tour planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Los Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Groundlings Theatre ©
The Groundlings Theatre
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In July, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. You will leave for Long Beach on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

1
night
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
On the 21st (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Queen Mary.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Long Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Anaheim to Long Beach in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. You'll set off for San Diego on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in Long Beach

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Queen Mary ©
The Queen Mary

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel route builder .

You can drive from Long Beach to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Long Beach in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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