8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Zurich

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a ride on Cable Cars, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. In March, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Carmel are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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 18th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

2
days
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through State Street, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then get a sense of history and politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in March: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Tours, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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