19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Old Mission Santa Barbara and Petersen Automotive Museum. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Dallas to Los Angeles is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dallas in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 79°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Old Mission Santa Barbara, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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 16th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon online trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 93°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
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 17th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip website .

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 colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
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 Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bodie State Historic Park. There's lots more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey builder app .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and de Young Museum. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and shop like a local with Exploratorium.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Titus Canyon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Harmony Borax Works and The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction, about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail and take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 98°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©

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