15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  16​h
End: Durham

2
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.
On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker tool .

Durham, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Durham to Los Angeles. Traveling from Durham in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are much warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then stroll through Piedras Blancas.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in San Simeon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, Fiona Bleu Gallery
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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Carmel

Carmel ©
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 (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Breakwater, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Breakwater, Pfeiffer State Beach
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Bodie State Historic Park and Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Mono Lake County Park. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

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Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, examine the collection at Triangle Tattoo and Museum, then savor the flavors at Roundman's Smoke House, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then enjoy the sea views from Point Cabrillo Light Station, and then kick back and relax at Glass Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Fort Bragg: highs are around 36°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Fort Bragg to San Francisco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in September, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Childrens Museums, #Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
China Beach ©
China Beach

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