16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Paphos
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Paphos

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and Fisherman's Wharf. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel planning site .

Paphos, Cyprus to San Francisco is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paphos to San Francisco is minus 10 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Paphos in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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 26th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Fiona Bleu Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon route planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in November, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Moonstone Beach
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
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 Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's more to do: get great views at Tunnel View and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planning site .

Drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in November, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (14°C), and nights are colder (-8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Museum-lovers will get to explore Los Angeles County Museum of Art and FIDM Museum and Galleries. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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