11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Olmsted Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour site.

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 August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
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. On the 5th (Mon), hike along Scenic Road Walkway, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Carmel vacation maker tool.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 70°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip tool.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, then kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacifica State Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco itinerary planning tool.

Getting from San Simeon to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Pacifica State Beach ©
Pacifica State Beach

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary app.

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
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