8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Escondido
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
San Jose
— 1 night
drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: Escondido

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle Theater as well as Moonstone Beach. On the 4th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then catch a live performance at Hearst Castle Theater.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon itinerary maker site .

Escondido to San Simeon is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Escondido in May, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 82°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle Theater ©
Hearst Castle Theater

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mystery Spot as well as Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House, then admire all the interesting features of Mystery Spot, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Jose journey builder tool .

Drive from San Simeon to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in May, you will find days in San Jose are little chillier (74°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
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Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Mystery Spot ©
Mystery Spot

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and car from San Jose to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Jose in May; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 65°F and lows reach 34°F. On the 9th (Thu), you're off toMammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Mammoth Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mono Lake County Park, take a memorable drive along Tioga Rd, and then explore the activities along Convict Lake.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes by bus takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Mammoth Lakes, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lee Vining
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Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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