11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. The adventure continues: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

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

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Newark in August, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
nights
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monterey Bay and McWay Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Partington Cove & Pfeiffer State Beach). Spend the 7th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are much warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Exploratorium and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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