5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Carmel
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Carmel
— 1 day
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Drive to Flint

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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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel trip maker app.

Flint to Carmel is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Flint to Carmel, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Flint in June: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Simeon in June, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Sat), contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.