8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

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8 days in California Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + foot + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and then catch a ride on Cable Cars.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco journey builder app .

Singapore, Singapore to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Singapore to San Francisco. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center ©

1
day
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 18th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in San Simeon at 20°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

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. On the 19th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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