22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 7 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Kids will appreciate attractions like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, cast your line with a fishing tour, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online holiday planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Budapest to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

South Lake Tahoe

— 5 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Escape the urban bustle at Sand Harbor and Secret Cove Beach. Bodie State Historic Park and National Automobile Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Carson City (Bowers Mansion Regional Park & Stewart Indian Cultural Center), Incline Village (Incline Beach, Burnt Cedar Beach, &more) and West End Beach (in Truckee). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Beach Campground.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. August in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon planning site.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Simeon in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August; daily highs in San Simeon reach 40°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

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You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

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. Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. Step out of San Francisco to go to Sacramento and see California State Railroad Museum, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Point.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.