11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Oracle Park and California Academy of Sciences. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Oracle Park ©
Oracle Park

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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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carmel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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.
On the 6th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary app.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

Before you visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by combination of taxi and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, make a trip to Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 8.5 hours. In June, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then cruise along Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, get great views at Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr
Artists Dr

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