11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then identify plant and animal life at Breakwater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Monterey are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

1
night
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 6th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

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

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then cruise along Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in August since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online attractions planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 81°F. On the 11th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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