13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

City of Angels

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): explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect little chillier with lows of 22°C in Los Angeles. 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

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and El Capitan. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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A Land of Giants

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.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and then trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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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 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

2
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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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

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 Muir Woods National Monument. Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, contemplate the long history of Painted Ladies, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go 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 September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to 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.