11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Calistoga
— 2 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, then do a tasting at Inglenook, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Calistoga vacation builder.

Manchester, UK to Calistoga is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from Manchester in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Calistoga: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Robert Mondavi Winery, Inglenook
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Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Bodie State Historic Park, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Bodie, then admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally trek along Wawona Meadow.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Drive from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from Calistoga in September, things will get little chillier in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
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Bodie ©
Bodie
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 19°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, Morro Rock
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 13th (Wed), kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, kick back and relax at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. Keep things going the next day: hike along Partington Cove, then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur holiday planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Big Sur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Big Sur hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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