19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Fly:  7 h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  8 h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  10 h 30 min
End: Newark

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Get in touch with nature at Safari West and Lincoln Park. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: visit Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, get curious at Exploratorium, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planner.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Lovers Point. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Step out of Monterey to go to Big Sur and see Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, and visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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 2nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, stop by Sebastian General Store, thenlearn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, do a tasting at Harmony Cellars, and then admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Harmony Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Titus Canyon. Get in touch with nature at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
The Racetrack ©
The Racetrack

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vernal Fall and Lembert Dome. There's much more to do: hike along Nevada Falls Loop, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route website.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are colder (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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