14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Newark to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Zabriskie Point and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, take in breathtaking views at Echo Canyon, and hike along Wildrose Peak Trail.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 29th (Wed), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Anaheim trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Anaheim takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Kunin Wines Tasting Room, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Anaheim to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in May, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Wineries Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 1st (Sat): take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are colder, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 3rd (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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