13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough 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
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and El Capitan. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, cruise along Tioga Pass, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour planner .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel ©
The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel

2
nights
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 27th (Fri), admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, McWay Falls
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Mecanique and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, get curious at Exploratorium, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco visit planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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