15 days in California Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Judd's Hill MicroCrush. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco journey planning site.

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In October, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.
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Carmel — 3 nights

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by AiX, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carmel online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cambria.
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Cambria — 1 night

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 9th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Vista Point, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cambria online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Cambria takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, you will find days in Cambria are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

A Land of Giants

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 (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Cambria to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mariposa Grove and Half Dome. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (22°C), and nights are cooler (-2°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 16th (Mon), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, cruise along Artist's Drive, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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