14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Simeon driving holiday site .

London, UK to San Simeon is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Simeon is minus 8 hours. When traveling from London in September, plan for much hotter days in San Simeon, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and China Cove and Gibson Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and identify plant and animal life at Breakwater.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is colder at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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