15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Healdsburg
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tioga Pass and Glacier Point. Ansel Adams Gallery and Pioneer Yosemite History Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route planning website.

Sacramento to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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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 4th (Mon), kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Monterey, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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San Simeon

— 1 night
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 6th (Wed): get advice or help at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 7th (Thu), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara attractions planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in October: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Alcatraz Island. Explore hidden gems such as Robert Mondavi Winery and Cable Car Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to VGS Chateau Potelle in St. Helena--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, visit Chinatown, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Mission District.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Barbara to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Healdsburg

— 3 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Sapphire Hill Winery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dry Creek Vineyard and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Gary Farrell Winery.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Healdsburg are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

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California travel guide

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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.