7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online holiday planner.

Columbus to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Yosemite National Park is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Columbus, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Must see
Glacier Point
4.9
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Must see
Yosemite Falls
4.7

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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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planning site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Simeon route planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder app.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are cooler, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Alcatraz Island
4.7
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Pier / Boardwalk
Fisherman's Wharf
3.4

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