12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 day
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Morro Bay
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
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Fort Bragg — 2 nights

Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Mendocino Coast, and then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, and then hike along Fort Bragg Coastal Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fort Bragg day trip planner.

Redding to Fort Bragg is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Redding in June, with highs in Fort Bragg at 89°F and lows at 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
Side Trip

San Francisco — 1 day

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then stop by Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 23rd (Thu), explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive and then meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Monterey road trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Morro Bay.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Morro Bay — 1 night

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Morro Bay itinerary builder.

Getting from Monterey to Morro Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Monterey in June, you will find days in Morro Bay are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Diego.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Side Trip

San Diego — 2 nights

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the striking features of Marston House Museum and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, and then admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego visit planner.

Fly from Morro Bay to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Morro Bay in June, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Beaches
Side Trip

Death Valley National Park — 3 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, sightseeing, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, don't miss a visit to Stovepipe Wells Village, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Death Valley National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 30th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are colder with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
Nature · Parks

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.