13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

London
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  16​h 45​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
London

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel holiday planner.

London, UK to Carmel is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

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Monterey Bay, Bixby Bridge
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then stroll through Piedras Blancas. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, stop by Shell Shop Inc, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel itinerary creator.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Simeon, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas

3
days
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 Vernal Fall. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Mariposa and see Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tunnel View, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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