11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Kids will appreciate attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and de Young Museum. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, stop by SoMa, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip maker.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in San Francisco at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planning app.

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 April, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like El Capitan and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get great views at Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Take a bus from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 15.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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