17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Bristol
train + Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Bridgeport
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Bristol

4
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Carlos Cathedral and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Relax by the water at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner

Bristol, UK to Carmel is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bristol to Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and then appreciate the history behind Friends of Hearst Castle. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip planner

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in November, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle

3
days
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Bodie and Bodie State Historic Park will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Tioga Pass and Tunnel View. Explore Bridgeport's surroundings by going to Yosemite National Park (Glacier Point & Vernal Fall).

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bridgeport online journey planner

You can drive from San Simeon to Bridgeport in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in November: highs in Bridgeport hover around 13°C, while lows dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

5
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get outdoors at Manzanar National Historic Site and Trona Pinnacles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Harmony Borax Works and Aguereberry Point. The adventure continues: stroll through Telescope Peak trail, contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and explore the activities along Badwater.

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Explore your travel options from Bridgeport to Death Valley National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Bridgeport in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 22°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Harmony Borax Works, Trona Pinnacles, Manzanar National Historic Site
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Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles

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