20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Drive:  40​h
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  39​h
End: Cleveland

3
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. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Natural Bridges State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lovers Point and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in Big Sur--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and identify plant and animal life at Monarch Grove Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel driving holiday planner .

Cleveland to Carmel is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Cleveland to Carmel, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cleveland in August, with highs in Carmel at 70°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Natural Bridges State Beach
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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon attractions planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then stroll through Moro Rock. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 63°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

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 Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Panorama Trail. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 26th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Big River, immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Fort Bragg trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Fort Bragg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: high temperatures in Fort Bragg hover around 93°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Big River
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Goat Rock Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodega Dunes and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach (in Pescadero), Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay).

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in August, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach, Rockaway Beach, Bodega Dunes, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

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