24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + subway + bus:  7​h 30​min
6
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Manchester


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4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Pacifica State Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Twin Peaks and Fisherman's Wharf. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Mavericks (in Half Moon Bay). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

Make your San Francisco itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacifica, Mavericks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Asilomar State Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, admire the landmark architecture of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online trip builder .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: highs in San Simeon hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Grant Tree Trail and Giant Forest. Step out of the city life by going to Alabama Hills and Kings Canyon National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and stroll through Buena Vista Peak Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday builder .

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in September since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Alabama Hills
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. Take a break from the city and head to El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Stanislaus National Forest in Hathaway Pines, about 38 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, stroll around Merced Grove, and get great views at Washburn Point.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Stanislaus National Forest
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): do a tasting at Chateau Montelena, then learn about winemaking at Tamber Bey Vineyards, then do a tasting at Brian Arden Winery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa. On the next day, learn about winemaking at von Strasser Family of Wines, learn about winemaking at Madrigal Family Winery, learn about winemaking at Frank Family Vineyards, then do a tasting at Moone Tsai Winery, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Calistoga trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, subway, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Calistoga takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, Calistoga is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 34°C and lows of 12°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards
Moone Tsai Winery ©
Moone Tsai Winery

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