8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
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 19th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Dallas to Carmel is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to Carmel. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dallas in July: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 69°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 22nd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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