12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Musee Mecanique. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip app .

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Capitan and Vernal Fall. Get outdoors at Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tunnel View, make a trip to Washburn Point, shop like a local with Ansel Adams Gallery, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Museums
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Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
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 6th (Sat), stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online route maker .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Carmel to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Gallery by the Sea Carmel ©
Gallery by the Sea Carmel

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 (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary app .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Shop till you drop at LA Farmers' Market and The Grove. Explore hidden gems such as Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and The Broad. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Two Rodeo Drive
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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 ©
Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
The Broad ©
The Broad
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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