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
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + bus + Fly:  22​h
London

3
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos State Reserve and Monterey Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove & Pfeiffer State Beach). The adventure continues: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, stop by The Cheese Shop, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel itinerary builder.

London, UK to Carmel is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Piedras Blancas and Elephant Seal Rookery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moonstone Beach Dr and Shell Shop Inc. Step out of San Simeon with an excursion to Morro Rock in Morro Bay--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon vacation planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in San Simeon are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach Dr

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenaya Lake and Panorama Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Olmsted Point and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's much more to do: hike along Lembert Dome, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online itinerary creator.

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail
Tenaya Lake

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