24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  6​h
3
San Simeon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and stroll through Lincoln Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historic Park. Get in touch with nature at Panorama Trail and Glacier Point. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Tioga Rd in Lee Vining, approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 8°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Tioga Rd
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
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.
Bring the kids along to Moonstone Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery. Explore hidden gems such as Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach Dr. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Friends of Hearst Castle and learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip generator.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Seventeen Mile Drive. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Talbott Vineyards (in Carmel Valley) and Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Carmel travel planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach, Talbott Vineyards
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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