21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Anaheim
— 3 nights
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Getty Center and Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 3rd (Mon) at Disney California Adventure Park.

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Adelaide, Australia to Anaheim is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 17.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Anaheim. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Adelaide in July: high temperatures in Anaheim hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Los Angeles
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cannery Row and Stevenson House. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Anaheim to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in July, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
On the 8th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, thenenjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, and then stroll through Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, stop by The Shell Shop, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip site.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for much hotter days in San Simeon, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Moonstone Beach
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Family-friendly places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder app.

You can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 14.5 hours. In July, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than San Simeon - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Exploratorium. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Musee Mecanique. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

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Fly from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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