6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  9​h
1
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planning site .

Newark to Santa Barbara is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Newark in July, expect Santa Barbara to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Neighborhoods, #Outdoors, #Shopping
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State Street ©
State Street

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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 4th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then stop by Lucia Apothecary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online day trip planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Barbara in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Lucia Apothecary ©
Lucia Apothecary

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night
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and finally stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar ©
Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar

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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.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

Plan trip to Yosemite National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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 7th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally look for gifts at Rainbow Grocery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square

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