13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Jakarta
bus + Fly:  25​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Jakarta

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then get great views at Tunnel View, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel planning app .

Jakarta, Indonesia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 25-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Jakarta to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Bring the kids along to Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to McWay Falls in Big Sur--about 56 minutes away. Spend the 20th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's more to do: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and take a stroll through Ocean Avenue.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel online attractions planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (23°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip builder site .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then cruise along Mendocino Coast, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Damme State Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Fort Bragg takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then pick up some local products at Monterey Market. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Union Square, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Monterey Market
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square

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