13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, trek along Mariposa Grove, get great views at Washburn Point, and get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 45°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
On the 24th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon travel route planning website.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 40°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks

Carmel

— 1 night
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 25th (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planning app.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point. There's still lots to do: get curious at Exploratorium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, visit Fisherman's Wharf, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.