19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. The adventure continues: look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool .

Adelaide, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Adelaide to San Francisco, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Adelaide, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Take a break from the city and head to Tunnel View and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Explore Yosemite National Park's surroundings by going to Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company (in Bear Valley) and El Portal Market (in El Portal). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, hike along Wawona Meadow, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

El Portal Market, Bear Valley Adventure Company
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Do your shopping at The Cheese Shop and Carmel Bay Company. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel sightseeing tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Carmel. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stop by Red Moose Cookie Company, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, look for gifts at Shell Shop Inc, then stop by Garden Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Brown Butter Cookie Co.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Simeon trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for a bit cooler days in San Simeon, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, Brown Butter Cookie Company
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 25th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara and then take a stroll through State Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): stop by Global Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, and finally stop by Chocolate Maya.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara road trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in April: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Global Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Global Gardens ©
Global Gardens
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, browse the different shops at The Grove, then stop by Hollywood & Highland, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in April, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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