10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Milan
Fly:  29​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Milan

3
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentinel Dome and Olmsted Point. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Eleven53 Interpretive Center in Mammoth Lakes--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: hike along Panorama Trail, get great views at Tunnel View, cruise along Tioga Pass, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Milan, Italy to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Yosemite National Park is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Milan in August, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Sightseeing

Side Trip

Eleven53 Interpretive Center
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Friends of Hearst Castle, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for cooler days in San Simeon, with highs around 18°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife Areas

Side Trips

Morro Rock, Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock

2
days
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos State Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel itinerary builder.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach

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