8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Carmel
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Trinidad
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
day
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 26th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel visit planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Carmel is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You can also do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 4 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Juan in December, with highs in Carmel at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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 27th (Thu), stroll through Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, stop by Sebastian General Store, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Carmel in December, with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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day
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. On the 29th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Lagoon County Park, then see the interesting displays at Trinidad Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Trinidad Art Gallery, and finally do a tasting at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Trinidad trip itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from San Simeon to Trinidad with the Route module. Traveling from San Simeon in December, you will find days in Trinidad are little chillier (15°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Trinidad

Museums Outdoors Beaches
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Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery
Trinidad Museum ©
Trinidad Museum

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 30th (Sun), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, and then wander the streets of Union Square. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Trinidad to San Francisco. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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