23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  27​h
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Mumbai

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. Get outdoors at Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive and explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

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Mumbai, India to Carmel is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 13 hours. In May, Carmel is much colder than Mumbai - with highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Hearst Castle and New Camaldoli Hermitage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas. Step out of San Simeon with an excursion to Pacific Valley Bluff Trail in Big Sur--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, shop like a local with artifacts gallery, and stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Simeon sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are little chillier (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, get great views at Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Dunes and Muir Woods National Monument. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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