19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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1
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights

6
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.
Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Half Dome. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Parker Lake Trail (in June Lake) and Stanislaus National Forest (in Hathaway Pines). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, trek along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online visit planner.

Milan, Italy to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Parker Lake Trail, Stanislaus National Forest
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Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

4
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. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Lovers Point. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing), Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Coast Gallery Big Sur, &more) and Capitola Beach (in Capitola). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina State Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip planning app.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 15.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Carmel. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Moss Landing, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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 13th (Fri): hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), thendo a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, thenstop by Sebastian General Store, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur, Harmony Cellars, Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Mumm Napa and Ferry Building Marketplace. California State Railroad Museum and Exploratorium will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner), Francis Ford Coppola Winery (in Geyserville) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Healdsburg). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in San Francisco hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sacramento, Guerneville, Pacifica, Balloon Rides, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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