22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Melbourne

5
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 out of the city life by going to Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Moonstone Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hearst Castle and Peachy Canyon Winery. Step out of San Simeon with an excursion to Fratelli Perata Winery in Paso Robles--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas and hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: high temperatures in San Simeon hover around 38°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Fratelli Perata Winery, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

5
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel River State Beach and Del Mar Beach. Cannery Row and San Carlos Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Limantour Beach. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Goat Rock Beach, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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