11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

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Toronto, Canada to San Simeon is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are much hotter, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Carmel

— 5 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. Visit Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral for their historical value. Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in November: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Step out of San Francisco to go to Calistoga and see Castello di Amorosa, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Union Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

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Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.