27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Carmel
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
Sydney

7
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

8
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Explore hidden gems such as Tunnel View and Tioga Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum (in Groveland), Tioga Rd (in Lee Vining) and Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company (in Bear Valley). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, stroll through Wawona Meadow, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, Tioga Rd, Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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.
Get in touch with nature at Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach Dr. Step off the beaten path and head to Moonstone Beach and Moonstone Cellars. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Simeon: Morro Bay (Shell Shop Inc & Morro Rock). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at 927 Beer Company, stop by Sebastian General Store, and learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

6
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. Visiting Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Seventeen Mile Drive. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, and kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

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