11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly + bus:  9​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Mexico City

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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 17th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip builder website .

Mexico City, Mexico to Carmel is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Breakwater
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Peachy Canyon Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Jack Creek Celllars, then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online route planner .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in San Simeon to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Templeton, Morro Rock, Moonstone Beach
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seaside Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, then stroll through Noyo Headlands Park, and finally examine the collection at Triangle Tattoo and Museum. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, do a tasting at Husch Vineyards, and then kick back and relax at Glass Beach.

Before you visit Fort Bragg, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Fort Bragg takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, and flight. In October, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Philo
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Olmsted Point and Glacier Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and Mono Lake County Park. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and get great views at Tunnel View.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Fort Bragg in October, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and -2°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

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