15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 1 night
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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
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker site.

Denver to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in June, expect nights in San Diego to be a bit warmer, around 64°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls. Keep things going the next day: trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, then hike along Big Stump Basin, then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and finally hike along Congress Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour planner.

Getting from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon road trip planning site.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 12:
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 13th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Bird Rock Vista Point, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Monterey are colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Bird Rock Vista Point
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Mon), browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally look for gifts at Fog City News.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Get outdoors at Vernal Fall and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: stroll through Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, trek along May Lake Trailhead, and get great views at Valley View.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 20th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then cruise along Artists Dr, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip site.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much warmer, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 98°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 20:
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Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): view the masterpieces at Barnsdall Art Park, shop like a local with The Grove, and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, then wander the streets of Montana Avenue, then explore the world behind art at Craft Contemporary, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In June, Los Angeles is a bit cooler than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:
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Annenberg Community Beach House ©
Annenberg Community Beach House
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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