12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Paris

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 24th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Amphora Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon road trip planner .

Paris, France to San Simeon is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to San Simeon is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then hike along Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel journey builder app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days in Carmel, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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 28th (Fri): make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Golden Gate Park, tee off at Lincoln Park, and then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday maker site .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Lincoln Park ©
Lincoln Park

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Washburn Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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