19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  19​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Bucharest

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Carmel River State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Bixby Bridge & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by AiX.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Monterey is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bucharest to Monterey is minus 10 hours. While traveling from Bucharest, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Asilomar State Beach, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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 15th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Artists Palette and Badwater Basin. Escape the urban bustle at Artists Dr and Zabriskie Point. There's still lots to do: get great views at Dante's View, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online trip builder .

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in August since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Visiting Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Twin Peaks. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Gracianna Winery. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Exploratorium, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Gracianna Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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