14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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Shuttle to Phoenix, Fly to San Simeon
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Tucson

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San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Visit Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hearst Ranch Winery and Greenspace Creekside Reserve. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, stroll around Cambria Dog Park, and take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon vacation builder.

Tucson to San Simeon is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tucson to San Simeon due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tucson in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 nights
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 get in some beach time at Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to McWay Falls and Bixby Bridge. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at McAbee Beach, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Robert Mondavi Winery and Wine Tours & Tastings. Let the collections at Mumm Napa and Walt Disney Family Museum capture your imagination. Step out of San Francisco to go to St. Helena and see V. Sattui Winery, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at California State Capitol Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (formerly Powerhouse Science Center), walk around Discovery Park, and then see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sacramento trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

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 17th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, then walk around Mariposa Grove, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and finally hunt for treasures at El Portal Market.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sacramento in June, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally get great views at Dante's View.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 98°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.