13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Bodega Dunes in Bodega, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

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New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, San Francisco is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bodega Dunes
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

3
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. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Bring the kids along to Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
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 6th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Simeon day trip planning website .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Artifacts Gallery ©
Artifacts Gallery

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Travel Town. Attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

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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. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (66°F). You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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