25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 5 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
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Get some historical perspective at Castello di Amorosa and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

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Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Del Mar Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Breakwater, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip maker website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Carmel, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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.
Get outdoors at Moro Rock and Giant Forest. Popular historic sites such as Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, stroll through Congress Trail, and trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bodie State Historic Park and Glacier Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining) and Mono County Museum (in Bridgeport). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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