9 days in California Itinerary

9 days in California Itinerary

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San Simeon
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Carmel
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
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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 19th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then contemplate the long history of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon day trip app.

Chicago to San Simeon is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel itinerary website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Carmel hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Wed), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, then wander the streets of SoMa, and then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island
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Specialty Museum
Musee Mecanique
4.5

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): trek along North Dome, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Glacier Point
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Must see
Yosemite Falls
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