10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  16​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
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. Visiting Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and China Cove and Gibson Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Del Mar Beach and Breakwater. Spend the 4th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and stroll through Carmel River State Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planning tool .

New York City to Carmel is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, AiX
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
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). On the 7th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): stop by Red Moose Cookie Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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Getting from Carmel to Cambria by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

1
night
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Van Damme State Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Ananse Village, then take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park.

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You can drive from Cambria to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. September in Fort Bragg sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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