11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Union Square and Twin Peaks. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellersfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

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Cincinnati to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In June, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Cincinnati - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Ananse Village, then take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, then stroll through Noyo Headlands Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Fort Bragg are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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Drive from Fort Bragg to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. When traveling from Fort Bragg in June, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
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.
On the 25th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, then shop like a local with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon online trip maker .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in June since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 68°F. On the 28th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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