12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Charlotte
Fly:  9 h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  6 h 45 min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Montecito
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Pebble Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Charlotte

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Olmsted Point and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, thenadmire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, thenidentify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

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Charlotte to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Charlotte in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Manzanar National Historic Site.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 94°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Montecito.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

1
night
Montecito

Montecito ©
Montecito is an unincorporated census-designated place in Santa Barbara County, California.As a census-designated place, Montecito had a population of 8,965 in 2010. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Butterfly Beach.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Montecito trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Montecito takes 6 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June: highs in Montecito hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Montecito

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon tour planner.

Getting from Montecito to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Montecito in June, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then tee off at Cypress Point Golf Club.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pebble Beach tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Pebble Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Pebble Beach to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much colder, around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Golf Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Cypress Point Golf Club ©
Cypress Point Golf Club

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, thenkick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, thentake in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monterey travel route planner.

Monterey is just a short distance from Pebble Beach. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a shuttle. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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