11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights

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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.
On the 25th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get great views at Washburn Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool.

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 76-hour bus ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Newark in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks
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Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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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 30th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon road trip tool.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much hotter, around 93°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site. Get outdoors at Moro Rock Trail and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by combination of taxi and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from San Simeon in July, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail

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