14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Get some historical perspective at Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the different monuments and memorials at San Francisco National Cemetery, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

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

Amsterdam, Holland to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sacramento, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
On the 29th (Wed), kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon online trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be slightly colder, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Get outdoors at Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Spend the 1st (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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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. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
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.
Visiting Bodie State Historic Park and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and El Capitan. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Wawona Meadow, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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