8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Springfield

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Sun), take a stroll through Union Square.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Springfield to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Springfield to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Springfield in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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nights
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 18th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the next day, trek along Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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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 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel trip maker .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

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

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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 21st (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon day trip app .

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in June: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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