11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip maker

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 2nd (Wed), stop by Fisherman's Wharf and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Battery Spencer, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary app.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Calistoga

— 1 night
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, learn about winemaking at VGS Chateau Potelle, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Calistoga travel route planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Calistoga, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from Calistoga in June, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the San Simeon sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and El Capitan. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Nevada Falls Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and explore the striking landscape at Taft Point.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. In June, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than San Simeon - with highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 11th (Fri), get great views at Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 68°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 98°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.