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
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.
On the 16th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip website .

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. While traveling from London, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodega Dunes and Castello di Amorosa. Visit Alcatraz Island and Fort Point for their historical value. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, tee off at Lincoln Park, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary maker app .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bodie State Historic Park and Tuolumne Meadows. Explore hidden gems such as Tunnel View and Glacier Point. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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