16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Rosario
Fly:  26​h
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​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:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Rosario

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and Kings Canyon National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route builder website .

Rosario, Argentina to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time (ART) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Rosario in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
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Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Simeon, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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. Visit Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Monterey Bay and McWay Falls. Spend the 8th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach and get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary app .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bridalveil Fall and Tunnel View. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park vacation tool .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Get some cultural insight at Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and stroll through Lincoln Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

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