6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
1
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Durham

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary planning tool .

Durham to San Simeon is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to San Simeon is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Durham in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 43°F in San Simeon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carmel travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Pinos Lighthouse ©
Point Pinos Lighthouse

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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