19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California route planner

Make it your trip
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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 Yosemite, Tunnel View. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Stanislaus National Forest (in Hathaway Pines) and Parker Lake Trail (in June Lake). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, trek along Mariposa Grove, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route planning site.

Milan, Italy to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Yosemite National Park is minus 9 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Milan in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Carmel

— 4 nights
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. Let the collections at Coast Gallery Big Sur and National Steinbeck Center capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing), Capitola Beach (in Capitola) and Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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: steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Simeon driving holiday planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°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 · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

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: Francis Ford Coppola Winery (in Geyserville), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Healdsburg) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, and take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°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 · Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.