15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Castello di Amorosa and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. In October, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Visiting Seaside Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Noyo Headlands Park and Big River. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach, enjoy the sea views from Point Cabrillo Light Station, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Handle State Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg vacation website .

Drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Taft Point. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Fort Bragg in November, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 14°C, while nights are colder with lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 4th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jack Creek Celllars, Moonstone Beach, Morro Rock
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Carlos Cathedral and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Change things up with these side-trips from Big Sur: Carmel (Seventeen Mile Drive & Carmel River State Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Monterey). It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and trek along Partington Cove.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur day trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Big Sur by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in November, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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