19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Dublin
Fly + bus + taxi:  21​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Gualala
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 4 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  17​h 45​min
Dublin

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Step off the beaten path and head to Tenaya Lake and Olmsted Point. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gaylor Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Dublin to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dublin in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Gualala.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail

2
days
Gualala

Gualala is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Schooner Gulch State Beach and then see the vivid underwater world at Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Gualala Point Regional Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gualala trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Gualala by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In October, Gualala is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 29°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Gualala

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Gulch 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery. Change things up with these side-trips from San Simeon: Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Shell Shop Inc). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Friends of Hearst Castle and look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Gualala to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Gualala in October, plan for slightly colder days in San Simeon, with highs around 18°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pfeiffer State Beach and McWay Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Coast Gallery Big Sur in Big Sur, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel custom trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in November, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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