13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
7
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday planner .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get great views at Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 28°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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 16th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, then examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, and then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (73°F), and nights are much warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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 18th (Fri), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel road trip planning website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 19th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Simeon journey maker app .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, then make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and then stroll through Moro Rock.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In October, daytime highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

2
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Redwood National Park. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Trillium Falls Hike, then don't miss a visit to Big Tree, and then hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Redwood National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in Redwood National Park hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Orick
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

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