12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  16​h 45​min
London

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

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

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

5
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along May Lake Trailhead, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
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 27th (Wed): cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Simeon sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Simeon, with highs around 19°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

2
days
Carmel

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 29th (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then hike along Partington Cove, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation builder.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Carmel are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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