17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Copenhagen

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bridalveil Fall and Olmsted Point. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, trek along Panorama Trail, and get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Yosemite National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Copenhagen, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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 out of the city life by going to Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive and take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip site .

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 July, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and get engrossed in the history at Tenderloin Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker .

Getting from San Simeon to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in San Francisco are much colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique

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