19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
3
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Avila Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Monterey
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  19​h
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip maker site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in October, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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 Glacier Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Basin Historical Society in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Basin Historical Society, Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 9th (Wed), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park and then experience the excitement of Star Wars Launch Bay.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Star Wars Launch Bay ©
Star Wars Launch Bay

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 Zabriskie Point and Gower Gulch Loop. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, go deep underground at Eureka Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park travel planner .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in October, things will get little chillier in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 30°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Avila Beach.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

1
day
Avila Beach

Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll through Avila Main Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then hike along Point Buchon Trail.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Avila Beach route planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Avila Beach in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. October in Avila Beach sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Point Buchon Trail
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, get in on the excitement at Shamel Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Avila Beach to San Simeon in an hour. Traveling from Avila Beach in October, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Shamel Park ©
Shamel Park
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. Spend the 18th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Monterey sightseeing planning website .

Getting from San Simeon to Monterey by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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