19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California holiday planner

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

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Dunes. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, admire the architecture and history at Mission Dolores, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip site.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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. Relax by the water at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see McWay Falls, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Carmel itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then view the masterpieces at Artifacts Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip website.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 2 nights

Heart of Orange County

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 see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim journey planning app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Anaheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Anaheim are a bit cooler (36°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Attractions like Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Anaheim, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

California travel guide

4.1
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.