11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  17​h
1
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
bus:  6​h
4
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

1
day
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, then buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
day
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.
On the 13th (Sat), stroll through Moro Rock, then don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 43°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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night
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 14th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, take in the exciting artwork at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Harmony Pottery Works, then get a taste of the local shopping with artifacts gallery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

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Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cambria by bus takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Cambria, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

1
night
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. On the 16th (Tue), explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Carmel trip website .

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in July, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, shop like a local with Ananse Village, get a taste of the local shopping with Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Fort Bragg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Ananse Village ©
Ananse Village

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Union Square, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. On the next day, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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