10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sarnia
Fly + Drive:  21​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Sarnia

2
nights
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 some cultural insight at Mono County Museum and Mono Basin Historical Society. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mono Lake County Park and Bodie State Historic Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

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Sarnia, Canada to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Sarnia in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Lee Vining
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
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. Kids will enjoy Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Visit Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge and Point Lobos for some beach relaxation. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Partington Cove). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
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 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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