14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly

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Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning website.

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Yosemite National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Newark in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dante's View and Zabriskie Point. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, explore the stunning scenery at Echo Canyon, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Anaheim

— 1 night

Heart of Orange County

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

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Anaheim day trip tool.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Anaheim by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, stroll around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, then do a tasting at Kunin Wines Tasting Room, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara holiday builder app.

Getting from Anaheim to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Anaheim in May, with highs in Santa Barbara at 71°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
On the 1st (Sat), take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then get great views at Ragged Point Overlook, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Carmel

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then make a trip to 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 Street Stairs.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.