11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Calistoga trip itinerary maker site .

Atlanta to Calistoga is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Calistoga, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Bodega Dunes
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Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Lula Cellars, learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, and then do a tasting at Husch Vineyards.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fort Bragg day trip planning site .

Getting from Calistoga to Fort Bragg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Calistoga in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Philo
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Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Simeon visit planning site .

Drive from Fort Bragg to San Simeon in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Simeon can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, contemplate the long history of Perry House, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pfeiffer State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Perry House ©
Perry House

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then see a world frozen in time at Bodie State Historic Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. On the 28th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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