19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  8​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Newark

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Safari West. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Safari West ©
Safari West

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get in touch with nature at Lovers Point and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. There's much more to do: trek along Scenic Road Walkway, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Monterey holiday app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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 2nd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then do a tasting at Harmony Cellars, and then immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much hotter, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Harmony Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Harmony Cellars ©
Harmony Cellars

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eureka Mine and Harmony Borax Works. Visiting Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Mosaic Canyon will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and admire nature's extreme beauty at The Racetrack.

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Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
The Racetrack ©
The Racetrack

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. Visiting Bridalveil Fall and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are colder with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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