14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Changchun
Fly:  22​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Changchun

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Fri), hike along Mori Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planning website .

Changchun, China to San Francisco is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Changchun to San Francisco is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Changchun in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail, Marin Headlands, Mori Point, Castello di Amorosa
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Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

4
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 Glacier Point will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tunnel View and Mono Lake County Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect colder with lows of 38°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
day
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 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 83°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are a bit warmer (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

San Carlos Cathedral
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall and then identify plant and animal life at Running Horse Ranch.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip planner .

Getting from Carmel to Los Angeles by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Running Horse Ranch
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Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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