12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
5
Anaheim
— 2 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Fisherman's Wharf and St. Ignatius Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), St. Helena (VGS Chateau Potelle & Modus Operandi Cellars) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's more to do: stop by SoMa and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Port Hardy, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Port Hardy in May, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and El Capitan. Change things up with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport (about 1h 10 min away). There's lots more to do: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, make a trip to Pothole Dome, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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 25th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then stroll through Piedras Blancas, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 26th (Tue), make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Anaheim trip builder website.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Anaheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Anaheim, with lows around 18°C. On the 27th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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