11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California Trip Planner

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Carmel
— 4 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel

— 4 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pfeiffer State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online trip planner.

Kansas City to Carmel is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kansas City to Carmel. Traveling from Kansas City in June, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
On the 8th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online holiday maker.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Pech Merle Winery (in Geyserville) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in San Francisco are much colder (71°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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.