11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
End: Salt Lake City

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument. On the next day, get curious at Exploratorium and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Salt Lake City to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Salt Lake City to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kids will enjoy Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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 3rd (Wed): cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon online vacation maker .

Drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in April, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are slightly colder (43°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

1
night
Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. On the 4th (Thu), trek along Bluff Trail, then hike along Point Buchon Trail, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Avila Beach online itinerary planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Avila Beach by car takes about an hour. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Avila Beach: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Los Osos
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Speed Boats Tours

4
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 Tunnel View. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along North Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Avila Beach to Yosemite National Park. While traveling from Avila Beach, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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