16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Hobart
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Hobart

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Hollywood Bowl Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and Petersen Automotive Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Broad, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey planner.

Hobart, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Hobart in November, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 20th (Wed), make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park driving holiday planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of East Village.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In November, daily temperatures in San Simeon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Ragged Point
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. On the 24th (Sun), stroll through Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in November, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (21°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Pfeiffer State Beach, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Walt Disney Family Museum and Legion of Honor. Step off the beaten path and head to Presidio of San Francisco and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker website .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Legion of Honor ©
Legion of Honor

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