19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Anaheim
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Bodega Dunes and Muir Woods National Monument. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
nights
Carmel

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. Visiting Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). It doesn't end there: cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive and admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip builder tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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 22nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary 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 August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are much hotter, around 40°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Anaheim online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Anaheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

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