19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Athens

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel route app .

Athens, Greece to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Athens to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Athens in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 12th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by combination of bus and car takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lions, Tigers & Bears and Cabrillo National Monument. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and take in the views from Coronado Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in April: highs in San Simeon hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

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

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, 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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions site .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Safari West, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West

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