12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 3 nights
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights

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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 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon travel planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Simeon is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, taxi, and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Simeon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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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. Visiting Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Carmel River State Beach and McWay Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park).

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online route planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, thentake in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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