16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

4
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.
Let the collections at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online itinerary planner .

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in April, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for gifts at AiX.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 26th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Petersen Automotive Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, view the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and wander the streets of Montana Avenue.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in April since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, then delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, and then explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Palm Springs, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

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