17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
Fly:  15​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Bodega Bay
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Nuremberg

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip tool .

Nuremberg, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Nuremberg to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nuremberg in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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nights
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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Bird Rock Vista Point and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carmel are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Bird Rock Vista Point
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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

1
night
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 12th (Sun), look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon visit planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in May: highs in San Simeon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Cambria Nursery & Florist ©
Cambria Nursery & Florist

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel View and Olmsted Point. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. In May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than San Simeon - with highs of 21°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seaside Beach and Pudding Creek Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Noyo Headlands Park and All Aboard Adventure. Step out of Fort Bragg with an excursion to Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA in Point Arena--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, and indulge your taste buds at Roundman's Smoke House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fort Bragg day trip planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect Fort Bragg to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bodega Bay.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, Jug Handle State Reserve
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

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nights
Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay ©
Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Bodega Head, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Rock Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bodega Dunes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, then do a tasting at Zichichi Family Vineyard, and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Bodega Bay day trip site .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Bodega Bay takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bodega Bay

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Zichichi Family Vineyard, Goat Rock Beach, Bodega Dunes
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Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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