32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Fort Bragg
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: London

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Castello di Amorosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & V. Sattui Winery), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). Dedicate the 6th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa, Wine Tours & Tastings, Limantour Beach, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

5
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum and Highlight Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Glass Beach and Russian Gulch State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Bragg: Black Sands Beach (in Shelter Cove), Schooner Gulch State Beach (in Point Arena) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg trip app .

Drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Fort Bragg to be slightly colder, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Black Sands Beach, Schooner Gulch State Beach, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach

5
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. Step out of the city life by going to Pfeiffer State Beach and Seventeen Mile Drive. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos State Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Partington Cove). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, browse for treasures at Cannery Row Antique Mall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carmel online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Carmel by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, you will find days in Carmel are much colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
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.
Get outdoors at Moonstone Beach and Morro Rock. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Piedras Blancas and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Simeon to Morro Bay to see The Shell Shop about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, stop by Lucia Apothecary, and learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for little chillier days in San Simeon, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tunnel View and Bodie State Historic Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Bodie. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 7°C, while days are warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manzanar National Historic Site and Eastern California Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zabriskie Point and Artists Palette. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Death Valley National Park: Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine) and Death Valley Junction (Harmony Borax Works & Twenty Mule Team Canyon). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Badwater, take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns, and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get much hotter in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 46°C and lows about 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

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