15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Copenhagen
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  18​h
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
Copenhagen

4
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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Carlos Cathedral and Pacific Biological Laboratories. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel tour planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Carmel is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Carmel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in October, expect Carmel to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

3
days
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach. Explore hidden gems such as William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Simeon: AronHill Vineyards (in Templeton) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, appreciate the history behind Friends of Hearst Castle, and look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for a bit cooler days in San Simeon, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Rock, AronHill Vineyards
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tenaya Lake and Panorama Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Olmsted Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, trek along Wawona Meadow, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder.

Drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in October, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of -1°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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