14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Bournemouth
Fly:  26​h
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
subway + Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
Bournemouth

3
days
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.
Attractions like Elephant Seal Rookery and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Moonstone Beach and Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Simeon: Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Shell Shop Inc). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

Bournemouth, UK to San Simeon is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Bournemouth to San Simeon, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, San Simeon is somewhat warmer than Bournemouth - with highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

5
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Get outdoors at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Asilomar State Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel River State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, McWay Falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, do a tasting at Scheid Vineyards, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel online road trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Carmel when traveling from San Simeon in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Angel Island State Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, do a tasting at Press Club, and take a memorable ride with Cable Cars.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip site .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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