21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Pech Merle Winery (in Geyserville). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, visit Chinatown, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel tool.

Krakow, Poland to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Krakow to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Pech Merle Winery
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bodie State Historic Park. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Tioga Pass. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Half Dome.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are slightly colder (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach. Visiting Friends of the Elephant Seal and Morro Rock will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at 927 Beer Company, and examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and taxi from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 14.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect San Simeon to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Rock
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Cannery Row and Point Sur State Historic Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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