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:  2​h
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
6
Escondido
— Few hours
End: Escondido

1
night
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.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Nitt Witt Ridge, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

Planning San Simeon trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

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. While traveling from Escondido, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary app .

Getting from San Simeon to Big Sur by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
You've now added Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Winchester Mystery House, then get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose visit app .

Drive from Big Sur to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Jose

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Cruz
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

1
night
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 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Mary and then explore the activities along Convict Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes online attractions planner .

Fly from San Jose to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, Mammoth Lakes is slightly colder than San Jose - with highs of 65°F and lows of 34°F. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Convict Lake ©
Convict Lake
Lake Mary ©
Lake Mary

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, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. You'll set off for Escondido on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

few
hours
Escondido

Escondido ©
Escondido reflects its Spanish and Mexican roots (it’s the oldest city in San Diego County) through historical architecture with short stucco buildings painted in pastel colors.
Kit Carson Park has been added to your itinerary.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Escondido online travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Escondido. Expect much hotter evenings in Escondido when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Escondido

Trails Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Kit Carson Park ©
Kit Carson Park

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