22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + bus:  15​h
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Ferndale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stop by The Sacred Space and then learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards. On your second day here, browse for treasures at Solvang Antiques, look for gifts at Global Gardens, then wander the streets of State Street, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Santa Barbara is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Santa Barbara due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Shopping, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

The Sacred Space, Global Gardens, Bart's Books, Solvang Antiques, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedras Blancas and Fiona Bleu Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Moonstone Beach and Elephant Seal Rookery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cambria: Morro Bay (The Garden Gallery & The Shell Shop), Peachy Canyon Winery (in Templeton) and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop (in San Luis Obispo). There's more to do: stop by Lucia Apothecary and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques.

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Getting from Santa Barbara to Cambria by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, expect nights in Cambria to be slightly colder, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Cambria

#Parks, #Shopping, #Beaches

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop, Grape Encounters Empourium, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Western Film History and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site and Kings Canyon National Park will get you outdoors. When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Gus's Fresh Jerky in Olancha, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cambria to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cambria in September since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Gus's Fresh Jerky, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panorama Trail and Bodie State Historic Park. Take a break from the city and head to Olmsted Point and Glacier Point. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, get great views at Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday app .

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (27°C), and nights are cooler (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ferndale.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

1
night
Ferndale

Ferndale ©
Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. On the 11th (Tue), look for gifts at Golden Gait Mercantile, then savor the flavors at Arcata Farmers' Market, then stop by Los Bagels, and finally look for gifts at Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio. On your second day here, stop by The Blacksmith Shop, then examine the collection at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, then don't miss a visit to The Immortal Tree, and finally take a memorable drive along Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Ferndale travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Ferndale takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Ferndale to be a bit warmer, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Ferndale

#Shopping, #Scenic Drive, #Nature

Side Trips

Arcata, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, The Immortal Tree
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Arcata Farmers' Market ©
Arcata Farmers' Market

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Head to Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books and Mendocino Jams & Preservesfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at MacKerricher State Park and Black Sands Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Legend of Big Foot (in Garberville) and Briceland Vineyards (in Redway). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park, kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and look for gifts at Papa Bear's Chocolate House.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ferndale to Fort Bragg takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ferndale in September, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mendocino, Legend of Big Foot, Briceland Vineyards, Black Sands Beach
Highlights from your plan
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

2
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: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos. Do your shopping at Carmel Art Association and Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Pfeiffer State Beach in Big Sur, approximately 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, look for gifts at Trio Carmel, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning website .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
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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